It shouldn’t hurt. It should feel good. It’s a part of life and it’s natural.
Sometimes teaching is painful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are 4 things to ponder when you hit those doldrums of teaching.
- Mix it up. This is good not just for you, but your students. Present information in different formats. Notes, reading, activities, group work, student presentations, etc. Vary within a class period, and from one to the next. What method are you over using? What method do you want to try to do more of? Be deliberate in switching up your style.
- Make the students figure it out. This is my favorite. Rather than presenting students with the information, make them FIGURE it out. Try a puzzle. Here are two of my favorites…
- https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Periodic-Table-1090799 In this puzzle, students figure out how the periodic table is arranged, and then THEY explain it to YOU! Gloriousness!!!
- https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mohs-Hardness-Scale-1912837 In this puzzle, students determine relative heights, from shortest to tallest with all relative statements. Students then answer questions about other people’s heights based on the answers to their puzzle. All of this is then related to Mohs Hardness Scale.
- The BEST part about these puzzles is that the students LOVE them! It’s all pretty spectacular.
- Get UP. DO something! As difficult as it is to set up an activity, it’s completely worth it! Students learn so much more than content when doing an activity. Team work. Communication. Relationships. All so necessary. My scientific method bundle is JAM PACKED with tremendously fun activities. You should probably check it out. When’s the last time you grew yellow grass in class?
- Try something new!!! Task cards, sorting cards, interactive notebooks, word walls, word webs, foldables, posters, diagramming, class projects… the list goes on and on. How many have you tried? What are you waiting for? What’s the worst that could happen, really? Have your students built the layers of the atmosphere?Take a deep breath. Sit back. Think about your classroom. Teaching should be enjoyable. If it’s not, you’re doing it wrong. STOP doing it that way. Do it a different way.
I’m almost on summer vacation. I hope you are too.