Top 3 things an organized teacher should have

If you a teacher, you know that being organized is as important as anything else in your daily life. You need to organize your things inside the classroom, in your bag, and in your study at home (assuming you have one). Organizing things properly is one of the secrets of becoming an effective and affective teacher. If you’ve been having problems getting organized lately, check out this list of things that you should have so you can finally start the ball rolling.

1. Index cards, folders, and folder labels.

You need index cards so you can write down a summary of your day-to-day classroom activities. It’s like an outline of what you need to accomplish on that day, for that particular subject or event, or even for a specific student. Of course, you will need something to hold your index cards and other classroom documents (like your students’ class reports and activities). Therefore, you need to have as many folders as you can. And you have to label each folder. For example, the one that will hold the index cards should be labeled “Daily Activities Index Cards,” while you can label the other folders per subject so that it will be easy for you to identify where to place your students’ activity papers. If you can’t find labels that you like, go for different folder colors.

2. A pencil case or a pen holder.

This is for your pens and pencils. You should not leave them scattered on your table or anywhere else in the classroom. You should keep them in one place, inside a pencil case or a pen holder. This makes it easier for you to find the pen or pencil you need without having to look all over the room.

3. A used shoebox. Or used shoeboxes.

The used shoebox should be covered with gift wrapping paper, or any other decorative material, to make it look presentable. While the pencil case is for your pens and pencils, the shoebox is where you should keep all the office and school supplies inside the classroom. This includes your students’ pens, pencils, pads of paper, crayons, scissors, and other what-not. Prepare as many shoeboxes as you can and arrange them in one of the shelves in the classroom.

How do you encourage or motivate your students? Here are 3 suggestions

Nowadays, encouraging or motivating students is quite difficult because most of them are exposed to technology. They spend a lot of time using gadgets and devices like laptops, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and other similar technological stuff. Most of them are so used to these devices that listening and talking to someone like a teacher or professor has become boring for them. But this can be corrected. You can change this. You can encourage, you can motivate your students to become more interested, attentive, and responsive in class. Here are three suggestions you need to consider.

1. Use different teaching methods.

The more varied your teaching methods, the better. The more interested your students will be. Include different audio and visual activities in your day-to-day lessons, because this is the best way to capture their attention. So for example, on a Monday, play some music that is somehow related to the lesson you are trying to help them understand and appreciate. The following day, even if you are talking about the same topic, show a video or two that your students that can somehow explain the subject or lesson. On day three, you can come up with an activity that will require your students to participate, like a play acting activity. Your varied teaching methods will not only entice students to pay attention and participate in the discussion, but it will also complement the students’ learning styles.

2. Don’t rely on the books on your table and shelves.

Students like teachers who are confident about what they are discussing or teaching. They find bookish teachers boring. So, as much as possible, do not rely on your books. From time-to-time, go the unconventional way and take your students out of the classroom. You can bring them to the museum, the radio or TV studio, to a restaurant kitchen, or to an exhibit. Your outdoor activity depends on the topic you are learning in class.

3. Motivate your students by applauding or praising and congratulating them.

Every time your students complete a task or perform well in activities, do not forget to applaud or praise them. Do not hesitate to congratulate them. Acknowledging their achievements will make them feel special and confident. For them, it is an indication that they are doing something good, so they will strive to do the same thing from then on.

Top 3 things to keep in mind when choosing a college course

A lot of college students often lose interest in their courses for several reasons. For some, it is because their parents were the ones who chose the course for them. For others, it’s simply a matter of making the wrong choices. If you are about to enter college and do not want to make the same mistake, check out these three tips you need to know so you can choose the right course.

1. List down your reasons for choosing a course.

The first thing that you should determine is the reason why you will pick this course over that one. Are you choosing it because you’re sure to have a financially rewarding future? Or is it your first choice because it is something that you love? No matter how financially promising your college course is, if you do not like (or love) it, you won’t be happy about it. And this will affect your performance in college. So instead of learning and getting good grades, you will most probably end up with failing marks, feeling miserable, and you might lose the opportunity to earn big bucks (that is if you’ll even get a job!). If you love what you are studying, everything comes so easily. You’ll do good (and even excel) and your future will be bright.

2. Listen only to yourself.

Do not listen to anyone else. Listen to yourself – and only to yourself. No one else except you knows what you want. Other people may give you advice, but the final decision should be yours. After all, you are the one who will be studying, not them. It is your future you are considering here, not theirs. If you allow others to decide for you, you are already throwing your chances of becoming successful someday.

3. Do not enroll in a course just because your best friend or boyfriend enrolled in it.

Choosing a course because you want to be with your best friend or boyfriend is totally wrong. This is actually related to number two because you are basically allowing someone to influence your decision. If you choose a course just because it is what your best friend or boyfriend took, how sure are you that you will like it? How sure are you that you can last in something that’s not interesting for you? Unless you have the same interests and strengths, go with your best friend or boyfriend. If you are not, stick to what you like, what interests you, and what you really want to do.