Tuesday, January 7, 2014

10 Top Teacher Tips Linky

 As Aussie teachers get ready to go back for a new year, its always good to share what things get us through the good times and the bad as teachers.
Thanks Lauren for hosting this fun linky.

1. Top Tip for Classroom Organisation
FILE! I got this tip from my friend Mel From the Pond. When ever you get a paper at a staff meeting....decide what to do with it! I bought an expanding file and made some labels. If it was minutes, they were filed there. PD was filed in a different tab, Literacy in another one (you get the idea). 

2. Top Tip for Behaviour Management
Focus on the positive! I know this is easier said than done but it is important to remind ourselves of this occasionally. 
Every child in your class is someone's whole world... even the little stink pots of the bunch! Gotta love em' all
3. Top Tip for being a Team Player
This one is hard! I think often it is a bit about letting the control go...You dont HAVE to do everything yourself. If someone offers a hand, take it! Likewise,offer your hand too.

4. Top Tip for Time Management
Set yourself working hours. Make sure you leave by x o'clock. It can be easy to say..lll just do one more thing. But make sure that your job doesnt become your everything! Make time for yourself, your partner and your family

5. Top Tip for Engaging Students
Make things NEW! Hands on activities, fresh ideas, speaking in a funny voice! You need to look for the thing to catch students attention. Make it interesting and new and the students are yours.

6. Top Tips for getting along with Parents
Professionalism. Most parents just want to know that their children and happy and looked after. Conduct your interactions with parents in a way that is professional while communicating the importance of their child.

7. Top Tip for Teacher Fashion.

8. Top Tip for Bargain hunting
Dollar stores, hardware shops, op shops. Make your money go further by being resourceful and turning unusual things into class resources. For example, you know those super cute animal/transport/fruit math manipulatives that you get from teacher stores? I went to Kmart and bought some packs of insects - perfect for counting, sorting, sharing!

9.Top Tip for Eating well at School
Last year I lost nearly 20kg by doing Weight Watchers. To keep on track at school, I drank lots of water, made sure I had my apple for Crunch and Sip every day and took frozen WW meals for lunch each day.

10. Top Tip for Staying Sane
Sometimes, it is very easy for things to become a lot bigger than they really are or more emotional. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to just let things go. We cant fix the world in a day, we cant control everyone and everything. Just control what you can and do the best that you can on that given day.

Go and read some more tips on Laurens blog :)


  1. Hi Brooke,

    Thanks for linking up! I love your tips. :) I love the reminder in #4 - teaching can so easily become a 24/7 job unless you set some boundaries. There's always something that you can work on. I need to remember that when I'm home in the evenings the laptop needs to be closed so I can zone out and get my mind off work. I'm going to try to be better at that this year!

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  2. Love your organisation tip- I put all my staff meeting stuff in my diary or laptop case and it is always a disaster. This year I vow to get better at letting stuff go!