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#TeachChat Archive: Advice for Teachers – September 5, 2012

So many times we think that only brand new teachers need encouragement and advice.  I would challenge you to reconsider and think of every teacher as a new teacher.  Each year is a new set of students with new interests and challenges.  Each year you are a new teacher with new ideas and excitement.  Never underestimate the power of enthusiasm and embrace the uniqueness of each year.  During our #TeachChat on September 5, 2012, we asked teachers to share their advice to themselves for the start of the next new year and we asked them what they want their students to remember them for.  Check out their answers and their encouraging ideas in the transcript below.  Remember, scroll down and read up!  Join us on Wednesday, September 19th for our next chat at 9pm EST.

 

 

ReallyGoodStuff Thanks again for being here! Goodnight!! =) ~Brandi #TeachChat -9:56 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@ktvee Accompanying picture could be frightening, for sure. #teachchat -9:56 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Have a fantastic night and a great day tomorrow with your kiddos! #TeachChat -9:56 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Thank YOU! I appreciate you being here after #2ndchat! RT @MrsMorgansClass: Thanks Brandi! #TeachChat -9:55 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff lol yes, yes it isRT @MrsMorgansClass my 13 yr old want to go to #PSU because its the #1 party school. #priorities#TeachChat -9:55 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ktvee@pioneer_susie Love that quote, Karen! (poster perhaps? ;) #teachchat -9:55 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff MT @ktvee Tonights topic went right along w/post I wrote after school Focusing on whats important. Everyday http://t.co/LzfWlpc8#TeachChat -9:54 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass Thanks Brandi! #teachchat -9:54 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff My email address is TeachersLounge@ReallyGoodStuff.com #TeachChat -9:54 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff my 13 yr old want to go to #PSA because it’s the #1 party school. #priorities#teachchat -9:54 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Well, ladies, thank you SO much for sticking with me tonight!Please email me your mailing addresses so I can send out your prizes #TeachChat -9:53 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ktvee Tonight’s topic went right along w/post I wrote after school today. Focusing on what’s important. Everyday. http://t.co/Cv6cQUY9#teachchat -9:53 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@ReallyGoodStuff Great idea. Going to do it! #teachchat -9:53 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@pioneer_susie congrats! #teachchat -9:53 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff They do! RT @MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff#PSU makes great ice cream too! #TeachChat -9:53 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff great idea! #teachchat -9:52 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff congrats! #teachchat -9:52 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff I’d encourage you to take that quote that you just gave, write it out, and place it where you’ll see it daily. That’s your goal. #TeachChat -9:52 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@ReallyGoodStuff Hooray! #teachchat -9:52 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff#PSU makes great ice cream too! #teachchat -9:51 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @nosduhaj: She loved us and expected the best from all of us. #TeachChat -9:51 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff Mrs. Morgan inspired me! #TeachChat -9:51 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Excellent! And you win again! Congrats! RT @pioneer_susie: She made me work hard, but it was fun. #TeachChat -9:51 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj She loved us and expected the best from all of us. #teachchat -9:51 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie She made me work hard, but it was fun. #teachchat -9:50 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff Mrs. Morgan inspired me! #teachchat -9:50 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff It really is. #PSU has a fantastic program! RT @MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff Wow! thats great! 1 year training is excellent! #TeachChat -9:50 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Question #5: What do you want your students to say about you when you retire? Answer 2 wins. #TeachChat -9:49 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff Wow! that’s great! 1 year training is excellent! #teachchat -9:49 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Last question… #TeachChat -9:49 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@pioneer_susie LOL! I hate to complain, but fo’ real…just let me teach! #teachchat -9:49 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@MrsMorgansClass I like to call it “Flavor of the Month” #teachchat -9:48 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff I visited #PennState last fall and they have an excellent intensive teacher prep program.They spend a YEAR in the classroom #TeachChat -9:48 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass Or…the district makes a big deal about implementing some new program and then it falls by the wayside a few years later. #teachchat -9:47 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass 6 wks is a good taste of what they will be experiencing. I was an aid for 5 yrs and still wasnt prepared LOL! #TeachChat -9:47 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff I agree. RT @pioneer_susie: Not more, better. Just like kids. Giving more math problems doesnt make a better math student. #TeachChat -9:46 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@MrsMorgansClass the pendulum never stops swinging! #teachchat -9:46 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff 6 weeks is a good taste of what they will be experiencing. I was an aid for 5 yrs and still wasn’t prepared LOL! #teachchat -9:46 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@MrsMorgansClass Very much so. The constant change of procedures and protocol can overwhelm even veteran teachers! #TeachChat -9:46 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie Not more, better. Just like kids. Giving more math problems doesn’t make a better math student. #teachchat -9:46 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 Yes I do #TeachChat -9:45 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff By classroom I mean being in a classroom teaching not listening to a lecture in a classroom. ;-) #TeachChat -9:45 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass It always seems that as soon as you get used to something (like a database) they change it. That can be frustrating #teachchat -9:45 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Do you think more real classroom time is needed for today’s student teachers? #TeachChat -9:44 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @vmontgomery48: Sometimes it seems less because at every corner their is somethinneto deal with. #TeachChat -9:44 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass It depends on their background.Many teachers arent prepared for what they encounter at some of our public sch #TeachChat -9:43 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff MT @pioneer_susie Not less prepared;stretched thinner than vets who have mastered parts of the job prior to new focus/situations. #TeachChat -9:43 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 Sometimes it seems less because at every corner their is somethinne to deal with. #TeachChat -9:43 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff They certainly can! RT @snoopie62#TeachChat look at the happy faces…they can help when overwhelmed #TeachChat -9:42 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff It depends on their background. Many teachers are not prepared for what they encounter at some of our public sch #teachchat -9:42 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie It’s not less prepared, but stretched thinner than the veterans who have mastered parts of the job prior to new focus/situations. #teachchat -9:42 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff lol! VERY! Every teacher has that “teacher eye”. =) RT @pioneer_susie@ReallyGoodStuff Ah, the eye. Very effective, yes? #TeachChat -9:41 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@pioneer_susie the stink eye…. #teachchat -9:41 PM Sep 5th, 2012


snoopie62#TeachChat look at the happy faces…they can help when overwhelmed -9:41 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Do you think that today’s new teachers are more or less prepared to face the diverse classroom? #TeachChat -9:40 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@ReallyGoodStuff Ah, the eye. Very effective, yes? #teachchat -9:40 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Good point! RT @vmontgomery48: How to be better at what I do and how to deal with children that have problems. #TeachChat -9:40 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Once you’re a teacher, you’re always a teacher. Even at the grocery store when you see a child misbehaving &you give him the eye #TeachChat -9:39 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff Woo hoo! #teachchat -9:39 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff It really doesn’t! RT @nosduhaj: it never ends!!! #TeachChat -9:38 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 How to be better at what I do and how to deal with children that have problems. #TeachChat -9:38 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@pioneer_susie Very frustrating! #TeachChat -9:38 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj it never ends!!! #teachchat -9:37 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Lol there really is! And you win again! RT @MrsMorgansClass: A4: theres a lot of paperwork! #TeachChat -9:37 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie Decisions are made in the best interest of the kids by those who don’t know the kids or what their best interests are.Frustrating #teachchat -9:37 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass A4: there’s a lot of paperwork! #teachchat -9:36 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj You know you’re a true teacher when on your worst day you wouldn’t trade it for anything else #teachchat -9:35 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Q4: What do you wish someone had told you about teaching before you became a teacher? A2 wins! #TeachChat -9:33 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@pioneer_susie Sometimes it’s the simple things that bring about the biggest changes in our attitudes isn’t it? #TeachChat -9:32 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie A3 Nature, clouds and sky color have been spectacular. Add in blasting Contemp. Christian radio and off to a great day. #teachchat -9:31 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Don’t you just love when they’re so excited?!RT @nosduhaj: My students are my daily inspiration and their love of learning!!! #TeachChat -9:31 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Excellent! RT @jellyrace@ReallyGoodStuff tweaking my tools helps me stay motivated and reinforces that I am a lifelong learner #TeachChat -9:30 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Awesome! And you win! =) Congratulations! RT @MrsMorgansClass: my family! #TeachChat -9:30 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass my family! #teachchat -9:29 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Indeed! RT @nosduhaj: Change is good-sometimes it opens a whole new way of relating and interacting with our students!! #TeachChat -9:29 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj My students are my daily inspiration and their love of learning!!! #teachchat -9:29 PM Sep 5th, 2012


jellyrace@ReallyGoodStuff tweaking my tools helps me stay motivated and reinforces that I am a lifelong learner #teachchat -9:29 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj Change is good-sometimes it opens a whole new way of relating and interacting with our students!! #teachchat -9:29 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Q3: Where do you find daily inspiration? Can be teaching related or not. A3 wins! #TeachChat -9:28 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff That’s the best! RT @pioneer_susie: Helping kids develop problem-solving, critical-thinking, and appropriate risk-taking skills. #TeachChat -9:27 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie My PLN also energizes me. I’ve learned about so many new technologies that I have integrated into my curriculum. Change is good. #teachchat -9:27 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Isn’t it funny how one simple change, one new thing, one new idea can make us feel like new teachers and reinvigorate us? #TeachChat -9:27 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Ah, that’s wonderful! RT @nosduhaj: This year its my new SMART board- after 26 years I feel like a new teacher :)) #TeachChat -9:26 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie Helping kids develop problem-solving, critical-thinking, and appropriate risk-taking skills. #teachchat -9:26 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj This year it’s my new SMART board- after 26 years I feel like a new teacher :)) #teachchat -9:26 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @pioneer_susie I think taking a serious look at what we can remove from our very full plates helps.Protect our personal time #TeachChat -9:25 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Is there anything specific that you do to get energized about teaching? What drives you? #TeachChat -9:24 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie I think taking a serious look at what we can remove from our very full plates helps too. Protect our personal time. #teachchat -9:24 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Awesome! Email me at TeachersLounge@ReallyGoodStuff.com =) RT @pioneer_susie@ReallyGoodStuff WooHoo. I feel energized! #TeachChat -9:23 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @ktvee: I connect w/PLN here;honestly,education can get overwhelming, but here people are positive, proactive&know what counts #TeachChat -9:23 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@vmontgomery48 Exactly! Remember why you went into teaching and focus on the kids! #TeachChat -9:23 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie@ReallyGoodStuff WooHoo. I feel energized! #teachchat -9:22 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass: remember why were are there: the kids AND why we started teaching in the first place. We make a difference! #TeachChat -9:22 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Exactly! RT @nosduhaj: Try new things to energize your teaching!!! #TeachChat -9:22 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ktvee I connect w/PLN here; honestly, education can get overwhelming, but here people are positive, proactive, and know what counts. #teachchat -9:21 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 Stay positive and true to what yu believe in and how you are going yo help the students. #TeachChat -9:21 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Congrats, Karen! You win! RT @pioneer_susie: Learn something new or try a new activity with the kids, Great to see what they do. #TeachChat -9:21 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass good one! RT @pioneer_susie: Learn something new or try a new activity with the kids, Great to see what they do. #teachchat -9:21 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass A2 remember why were are there: the kids AND why we started teaching in the first place. We make a difference! #teachchat -9:20 PM Sep 5th, 2012


pioneer_susie Learn something new or try a new activity with the kids, Great to see what they do. #teachchat -9:20 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj Try new things to energize your teaching!!! #teachchat -9:20 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Question 2: How do you stay enthusiastic about teaching when you feel overwhelmed? Answer 2 wins! #TeachChat -9:18 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff It’s easy to get discouraged by all of the things that you *have* to do during the school day, so…. #TeachChat -9:18 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass Cute! RT @ReallyGoodStuff: Here it is: http://t.co/d1IQ6LXk#teachchat -9:18 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Excellent! RT @nosduhaj: Have a morning check in so that you can greet and talk to each child everyday!!! #TeachChat -9:17 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Here it is: http://t.co/LBCjdp5R#TeachChat -9:17 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass yes! find out what is going on! RT @nosduhaj: Have a morning check in so that you can greet and talk to each child everyday!!! #teachchat -9:16 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff And that link totally didn’t work! Sorry, let me shrink it ahead of time #TeachChat -9:16 PM Sep 5th, 2012


nosduhaj Have a morning check in so that you can greet and talk to each child everyday!!! #teachchat -9:16 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff link didn’t work #teachchat -9:16 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Video games are big around here so it’s perfect for reminding all of us how important it is to stay positive #TeachChat -9:15 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff This year, I have had more kids tell me that I am nice. That’s all they really want – that’s what WE want. #teachchat -9:15 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff We have this poster (http://t.co/NhBzNDD5–+control+center+of+your+life.do?) #TeachChat -9:15 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Great motto! RT @MrsMorgansClass@vmontgomery48 Our school motto this year is Stay Positive. #TeachChat -9:14 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ktvee I have always been so uptight the first few weeks b/c I want them to act a certain way. I gave that up & am enjoying it. #teachchat -9:14 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff It’s so easy to forget the simple act of smiling and *enjoying* the kids. #TeachChat -9:14 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@vmontgomery48 Our school motto this year is Stay Positive. #teachchat -9:13 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff They are, but they’re the hardest to remember, I think. RT @ktvee: Yeah! Thank you so much! :) Words to live by… everyday. #TeachChat -9:13 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ktvee Yeah! Thank you so much! :) Words to live by… everyday. #teachchat -9:12 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass Excellent! I have practiced that this year – best start ever! RT @ktvee: Smile. Relax. Enjoy the kids. #teachchat -9:12 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 To make sure that I have enough equipment to start and to stay positive #TeachChat -9:12 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff That was my mantra today. (And every day, really.) RT @MrsMorgansClass: patience! #TeachChat -9:12 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Krissy, you win! Congratulations! =) RT @ktvee: Smile. Relax. Enjoy the kids. #TeachChat -9:11 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass patience! #teachchat -9:11 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ktvee Smile. Relax. Enjoy the kids. #teachchat -9:11 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass ready! I’m thinking a lot of teachers started today and may be really exhausted. #teachchat -9:10 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Question 1: What advice would you give to YOURSELF at the start of next year? Answer 1 wins! #TeachChat -9:10 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff How about we do out first giveaway….ladies, your odds are amazingly good right now. ;-) #TeachChat -9:09 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 Ok looking toward to the ideals I can get tonight #TeachChat -9:09 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff RT @MrsMorgansClass Thing to remember,once something is in place,its hard to change until next year-unless its just not working #TeachChat -9:09 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff I feel like it does. I think each year there are new hopes.RT @vmontgomery48: Does anything change on a huge way or not #TeachChat -9:08 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 Does anything change on a huge way or not #TeachChat -9:07 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@MrsMorgansClass Me too! I feel like it’s a fresh start for me, as well as my kids, at the start of each year. #TeachChat -9:07 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass The thing to remember, once something is in place, it’s hard to change until the next year – unless it’s just not working. #teachchat -9:07 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@MrsMorgansClass Awesome! Both about the Book Buddy bags AND #2ndchat ! =) #TeachChat -9:05 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff yes, every year is new and different – I keep a running list in my head about what will change the following yr. #teachchat -9:05 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff If it’s okay with all of you,I’d like to alter the topic a bit to include encouraging all teachers at the beginning of the year #TeachChat -9:05 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff slow start but great finish – lots of great links on behavior mgmt. Will be on our wiki later #teachchat -9:04 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff In a way, at the start of each year we are ALL new teachers. We have new ideas, new strategies, new hopes and dreams… #TeachChat -9:04 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass@ReallyGoodStuff Just got my shipment of “My Book Buddy” bags – hoping they will work great with Daily 5. #teachchat -9:03 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Tonight’s topic is encouraging new teachers, BUT I kept thinking about it in a slightly different light today… #TeachChat -9:03 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Hi Vanessa! RT @vmontgomery48: Vanessa, hi Brandi #TeachChat -9:03 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@ktvee Hi Krissy! #TeachChat -9:03 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff@MrsMorgansClass Hi! How are you? How was #2ndchat ? #TeachChat -9:02 PM Sep 5th, 2012


vmontgomery48 Vanessa, hi Brandi #TeachChat -9:02 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff We’ll be doing #giveaways tonight throughout the chat so watch for those questions! #TeachChat -9:02 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ktvee Hello! What’s tonight’s topic? Krissy from Missouri! #teachchat -9:02 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff If you have any questions as we go through the chat, please don’t hesitate to ask! #TeachChat -9:01 PM Sep 5th, 2012


MrsMorgansClass Hey Brandi. #teachchat -9:01 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff My name is Brandi and I’ll be your moderator this evening. #TeachChat -9:01 PM Sep 5th, 2012


ReallyGoodStuff Good evening, everyone! Welcome to tonight’s #TeachChat -9:00 PM Sep 5th, 2012

 


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