Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Motivating Your Students

Teachers in most cases need to motivate their students. Rarely do students show up ready and willing to get down to some learning. Here are some tips to motivate your students.

Motivation starts with the teacher. Are you knowledgeable, organized, and excited about what you teach? if you are not at least knowledgeable and organized, your students will be short changed.

Is your classroom a good environment for learning? Is it cold and stale, or warm and inviting? Are you warm and inviting?

Students must feel the need to learn. It is a teacher's job to instill some type of interest in the students. Lesson plans should first use something that grabs the students attention and makes them want to learn. If you include valid reasons for learning, students will more readily adapt.

Reality is next in motivation. Students need some type of reward. But I am not talking about candy or prizes. You can use those, but getting students to be self rewarded is your goal. Your verbal rewards, like praise and encouragement, are worth more than gold. Get your students to walk out of your classroom a satisfied student. All students love praise. Use it!

The more you can create a positive classroom, the more your students will be motivated. Don't expect miracles overnight. Some students can be a challenge. It's your job to get it done!

>>Tips to create a positive classroom environment.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Simple trick for classroom discipline

Classroom discipline begins before the school term starts. You have to have a plan. Getting your classroom management under control is your first line of defense. They go hand in hand. Classroom discipline is is how you handle classroom behavior. Not necessarily bad behavior, but all behavior. Even desired ones. You have got to concentrate on getting your students to act the way you want them to.

Did you know that contacting parents is the easiest way? When students know you have or will contact parents, their whole attitude can change. Make a point to contact all parents at least once during the first 2 or 3 days of school. It may sound like a daunting task, but will only take an hour or so each night. You don't have to hold a lengthy conversation. Just an introduction and hope for a good school term. if parents want to talk longer, let them.

Once you have made contact, the students will now know that you have talked to their parents. Parents are still a powerful tool. Now when you see a behavior you do not like, you can calmly state that if it does not stop you may have to contact their parents. Then do it. Don't call home to complain until you have made a phone call home as an introduction first. No parent likes this. Do not call home as a complaint. Use it as a praise, then a concern. Call home for praise as well. The more calls you make to homes, the less calls you will make to the principal's office. It sounds easy. It is. But it can be time consuming.

Once you have your classroom discipline plan in full force, you can stress out less. Your behavior problems will diminish.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Unemployment for teachers

If you are a classroom teacher, you may be wondering if you qualify for unemployment benefits. There are different rules for school teachers and there are many things that will affect your eligibility. *Please note that this is just general information. Nothing is guaranteed to be 100% accurate or pertain to your situation. States and school districts vary.

Generally speaking, if you have a teaching contract, you probably cannot get unemployment benefits. That is, you are in between terms and have signed a contract for the next term. This even means summer break.

If you have a long term teaching contract, and you are out on a scheduled break for the school term, you most likely cannot get unemployment. This includes summer and long holiday breaks like Christmas.

The bottom line is that if you have a contract to teach, renewable each term, chances are you are out of luck. Many districts allow their regular teachers to work as a substitute. Remember that teachers need breaks. It is a rather tiring job. Use your breaks wisely.

Now if you do not have a long term contract and no tenure, you may be eligible. Have you signed a contract for the next term? Chances are that you do not qualify.

Did you complete a teaching term and did not sign a contract for the next one? Have not been offered one yet? You may be eligible. If you do not have a reasonable assurance that you will return, you may be eligible.

Are you a teacher who has been laid off? That is, you were given a written statement saying you are not needed next term. Then, you may be eligible.

Are you a substitute teacher? The rules here are not exactly cut and dry. Substitutes have no contracts, mostly, so you may be eligible.

Did you receive a reduction in an assignment? That is, you were working full time, and now you are put on part time through no fault of your own. You may be eligible. You were not offered full time employment. This can be common for college teachers.

If you quit your job, chances are you cannot get unemployment.

Unemployment offices look very hard at teachers. But it can be possible to qualify. It does not hurt to apply, and most states have a way of applying online.

Read the material they send you along with the rules and handbook.

If you feel you have been denied, you can appeal. Be sure and keep detailed records to show during your appeal.

The one thing that you have to remember, is that you probably had to pay into the system to be eligible. If you worked as a teacher, but did not pay in, chances are no matter what, you will not be eligible.

Your former employer will be contacted and they can ask that your unemployment benefits be denied. Your employer is actually taxed to pay unemployment benefits. This rate is based on those that collect.

Remember, these are only general guidelines for teachers and unemployment. Your school, district, and state always have the final say.

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