It is entirely too bad teaching (and children … but I digress!) do not come with complete handbooks. Imagine what you could achieve! Imagine how incredibly successful both you and your students could be inside and outside the classroom. What is that small handful of quick links you can visit for tips and strategies to take some of the mystery out of the first terms of your teaching career?
Here are the three I found loaded with a wealth of information that can make you feel like a pro in your first years in the profession, or if you are a seasoned educator, they can give you some new perspectives and ideas for connecting with and supporting the twenty-first century learner.
Recently, a former online Communication student in one of my classes wrote he wanted to practice becoming more confident when he spoke to strangers. He was wondering just how he might be more relaxed when he talked to people he met for the first time. Was there any technique he could employ on a weekly or - let's get ambitious here! - even a daily basis?
And after a week of discussion on effective presentation techniques, I realized this was not an isolated concern. Several other students began to speak (or type) up about reservations they had when meeting persons for the first time and wanting to exude confidence in their language.
We arrived at this conclusion ...