The To Do's before class
Before teaching class let your students know:
- That you are happy to be there. Show enthusiasm - it is catchy!
- What themes or ideas you will be exploring.
- One or two things you are looking for in terms of behavior. (Raising a quiet hand, eye contact, standing up nice and tall, etc.
- That they should do their best.
- That you are happy they are going. Show enthusiasm - it is catchy!
- They should think about what they will be doing or exploring in class.
- What you expect of them in terms of behavior (Listen to the directions, raise your hand when you want to ask a question, etc.)
- Do your best.
It does not matter if you are teaching a class or getting your child ready to take a class. Preparing them is an essential component to their success.
A simple but yet important part of helping you child or student succeed is to let them know their schedule and/ or setting up a very predictable routine. My daughter knows that her 3rd grade class goes to art on Monday and library on Thursday. She dresses appropriately for art and puts her library books in her backpack every Thursday morning. Knowing her school schedule helps her emotionally prepare for her day.
Unfortunately I did not follow this rule today.
I told my daughter that she had Tae Kwon Do as she jumped off the bus after school. She had a hard time transitioning from playing with the kids in the neighborhood to getting ready for her martial arts class. It became stressful for both of us. Instead of following my list of "before class to do's" I focused on the before class "what not to do's." ( It wasn't as much fun and definitely not rewarding.)
Transitions are essential. If your child or student has a smooth transition from one activity to the next she/he is more likely to be physically as well as mentally prepared. And it is way more fun and much more rewarding for everyone.
Have fun preparing for class with (and for) the children in your life.