Back-To-School Season: Educators’ Tips and Tricks for Empowering Student Success
Highlights from Our #ClassroomChat
Last week, our School Digital Marketing team hosted a #ClassroomChat on Twitter. In this chat, educators discussed tips and tricks for the classroom in this back-to-school season. Educators are always on the lookout to improve their classroom environments, offering innovative and inclusive solutions for their students.
After reaching out to a few educators, and listening to their stories, we have developed a more unique palate of ideas to share when planning for back-to-school season. If you didn’t have a chance to tune in on August 14th, that’s okay! We have pulled together a few key thoughts from this chat and are summarizing them here. Here are just a few takeaways from this month’s #ClassroomChat:
Inspiration in the Classroom:
Many of the ideas shared within our chat centered around the idea of inspiration. Inspiring students by constructing an innovative learning experience seemed to be the consensus among chatters. Technology may be the path for some student inspiration through the integration of new-age digital platforms, like Virtual Reality, with educational material. On the other side of the spectrum, we found that encouraging students through non-verbal communication can truly make a difference in classroom performance. Taking the time to hearten students with small notes on their homework assignments or tests can really improve their self-esteem and desire to learn.
Mental Preparation and Mindfulness:
Our educators agreed that reentering the school year after enjoying a relaxing and stress-free summer isn’t always just difficult for students, they, as educators, feel the “Sunday Scaries,” too. The best way to avoid these moments, or at least alleviate the dread, is to mentally prepare oneself through self-care. Self-care is one surefire way to be mentally and emotionally prepared to create a healthy and successful classroom environment. For some, journaling acts as a self-care mechanism, while for others, preparing with a reading the week before classes begin seems to calm the “scaries” just enough to feel that excitement for the new year.
Celebrate Each Student’s Uniqueness:
In order to encourage success in the classroom, educators must ensure that they know their students well enough to know what pushes them to be the best versions of themselves. Students learn differently, experience different day-to-day lives, and understand the world differently. One way to encourage success with each student by celebrating their uniqueness is with the simple public acknowledgement of their name and personal truths. A few of our panelists shared their first day introduction methods and WE were inspired!
Spreading the word and encouraging other educators to take part in similar practices is the next step to promote action in the direction of student success. Just as our chatters did in our #ClassroomChat, educators should take the time to share and cultivate ideas together. When all these ideas enter the same room, the magic starts to happen. Taking the time to ensure that you, as an educator, are well-prepared for your students is the easiest step to take to cultivate an inclusive, innovative, and successful classroom environment.
A big shout-out to all the educators and students taking on the new school year of 2019–2020! Be sure to follow us @McGrawHillK12 on Twitter for more details on our next #ClassroomChat