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Avoid Teacher Burnout: Learn Something New

March 23, 2015

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.  Barbara Sher

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There is something about doing or learning something new that is invigorating. Sharing that experience with your students is another way to avoid teacher burnout according to Ben Johnson, in his article: 10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout. Johnson suggests sharing a new book you are reading with your students or learning about how the brain learns and sharing that. Here are five things to consider connected to doing and/or learning something new.

  1. Go to a large bookstore and browse through their magazines. Choose a magazine you probably would never even look at, let alone buy. Buy it and page through it; look for connections to your own life and/or work.
  2. Read A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink—lots of ideas and suggestions about looking at life differently.
  3. Choose a genre of music with which you have little or no experience. Share some of this music with your students and get their opinions about it.
  4. Try a new recipe every weekend and report back to your students what you tried and whether or not you liked it.
  5. Learn to do magic tricks. Share your magical ability with your students—but no disappearance acts for you or them.

One of the things I did when I was working on a master’s degree in literacy is to share new things I learned about literacy and new learning strategies with my high school students. I would tell my students that I am trying out this new learning strategy with them and after we use it, I want their opinions about how well it worked for them. This was stumbling into magic—students took the new strategy very seriously and then shared their critiques. It was awesome!

I also discovered that students love to learn about their brains and how they learn. There are so many reliable resources online connected to the brain and learning. Recently I pinned an infographic on Movement and Learning that summarizes the benefits of movement in the classroom. As for adding more movement to your classroom, again there are many resources available including brain breaks that are fun and still serve the purpose.

As my colleagues and I create teacher materials for Teachers Pay Teachers, we always include activities that get students up and moving. Check out our store, Surviving to Thriving LjL on Teachers Pay Teachers. Here’s a list of the novels for which we have developed curriculum materials.

Movement and Learning Infographic

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

References

Johnson, Ben. (April 22, 2014).  10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout. Edutopia.

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Tipping the Odds in Your Favor

January 9, 2013

Hunger Games SettingQuote of the Week

May the odds be ever in your favor.  Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

 

Teaching is always challenging and if you can stack the odds in your favor, it’s just that much better for you and your students.  Creating instructional materials that can be easily implemented as well as engaging students; and that result in student learning, take time, effort, and knowledge of resources.  Time is directly related to effort and finding and using resources—the less time a teacher has, the less effort that physically can be put forth, and the fewer resources that can be employed.  So, what’s a busy teacher to do who cares about student learning?  Find a few really good resources that can be relied upon to deliver.  That’s what my colleagues, Linda Carpenter and Dr. Jennifer Fontanini, and I are dedicated to doing.  One of those resources are the materials we have developed around The Hunger Games.

We’ve developed a ready-to-go lesson plan for analyzing the settings in The Hunger Games. Setting Analysis for The Hunger Games takes place at various intervals throughout the novel and identifies the characteristics of each of the major settings in the novel:  District 12, the Capitol, and the Arena.  This lesson introduces a graphic organizer, Setting Analysis Chart, for the first setting of the novel, District 12, and then provides the same graphic organizer for the Capital and the Arena.  Use each graphic organizer, Setting Analysis Chart, as a summary guide for each of the following chapters:

  • Chapters 1-2:               Use Setting Analysis Chart for District 12
  • Chapters 3-10:             Use Setting Analysis Chart for the Capitol
  • Chapters 11-25:           Use Setting Analysis Chart for the Arena

On Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, 2013, Book Bites Lesson Plan for Setting Analysis for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins will be available for only $1.00 on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you’re thinking about reading The Hunger Games with your students, this is a great lesson plan to tip the odds in your favor of engaging students.


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