Teacherscribe’s Teaching Tip #123
Here is a very interesting read from one of my favorite bloggers (Life of an Educator) - 10 Pieces of Advice for new Teachers.
Here are the ten pieces of advice -
5. Plan for more and prepare for more than you think you need.
For my money, this is the best advice on this list. The worst thing - especially for a young teacher - is to have extra time.
It wasn’t so bad when I taught my first year at LHS, for we weren’t yet on the block schedule. So in a 50 minute class, if I ran out of stuff with 15 minutes to go, it wasn’t the end of the world. I remember having some days where it was a review session and we spent the 50 minutes going over questions from earlier in the week. I didn’t have to have extra prepared to fill those 50 minutes.
But with 80 minutes classes, I can’t go in without plenty to do. It’s just too much time wasted.