222:  3 Things I’ve Done In My Classroom I Won’t Ever Do Again

Are there things you’ve tried in your classroom that you will absolutely never do again?

After 15 years of teaching, I’ve made my fair share of mistakes, but some stand out more than others and there are definitely some that I will never make again. 

In this episode, I’m sharing the top three things I’ve done in my classroom that I don’t ever want to do again. Hopefully, this will help you avoid making the same mistakes that I made, or give you some ideas about how you want to run your classroom.

You’ll hear why I tried each of these things, why I stopped doing them,  and why I don’t plan on ever doing them again. 

I still make mistakes every day, but I do my best to learn from them and use them to make my classroom a better place for all my students. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • Why I don’t use clip charts or public displays of behavior anymore 
  • Recognizing that not all kids are coming into your classroom with the same tools in their toolbox 
  • How to improve your classroom culture 
  • Motivating students rather than discouraging them
  • Creating a more equitable classroom
  • Accepting that things won’t always go to plan
  • Planning week by week rather than day by day
  • How I organize desks in my classroom
  • Encouraging collaboration between students

If there are things about your classroom that you don’t like, it’s not too late to change them! You don’t know until you try, right? Don’t beat yourself up if you made a mistake or something didn’t work. Tomorrow is a brand new opportunity to try something else. 

If you’d like a full-year solution to your literacy and math programs so that you don’t have to plan everything from scratch, check out Ignited Literacy and Ignited Math at www.ignitedteaching.ca. You already do so much. Why not make your planning and prepping easier for yourself? 

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Ignited Literacy and Ignited Math

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