14 Tips for Smart Teachers

Smart Teachers Are Saving Their Energy

All smart teachers know the importance of saving their physical and emotional energy in their work life.

As a teacher you will use up a lot of energy teaching learners. Using up physical and emotional energy may find you depleted and tired. Talking most of the day; planning lessons; dealing with challenging children; being available and contributing at peer meetings; setting up the environment so it is interesting and challenging; dealing with parents; finding time to eat, drink and go to the toilet; and topping it all off with professional development, are all part of a teachers busy week.

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If you want to save energy and have some left for your other life, try the following:

  1. Wake just half an hour early and take a brisk walk around the block. This will increase endorphins and pep you up for the start of your day.


  1. Shower, dress, makeup, and have a good breakfast. You need to care for yourself and a good breakfast will build up a supply of energy for the day.


  1. Start the school year by being organised. Have your learning area set up so it is simple and flexible.


  1. Simplify your observation techniques to cater for each child’s development. Checklists are a good way of watching children over the year. Have a check list for each child and each area of development. At the end of the year you will find it easy to write reports about progress and to find areas of concern as the year progresses. Assess your check lists for workability and review at the end of the year for the next years learners.


  1. Know your learners and their learning styles. This will give you an idea of how you will teach, to cater to all learners in your care.


  1. Make your lesson plans simple, to the point, and reusable. It is such a waste of energy if you put together a lesson plan and are able to use it just once. Scout for teacher resources that you can drop into your lesson plans. Many teachers have taught before you and will be a wealth of information.


  1. Plan with other teachers if you have the same grade of learners. Or divide up the curriculum and each write plans you can share.


  1. Have written and adhered to classroom rules which have been worked out with your learners. Give parents a copy.


  1. Make known what the boundaries are for behaviour and enforce them. Be firm but flexible.


  1. Children learn best if lessons are short and simple and one concept at a time is being taught. Don’t crowd your lessons with concepts that need to be practiced and remembered. It is best to have a few short lessons to build on concepts.


  1. Accept help from parents and make valuable use of your teacher’s aid. You are not a one man band. A skillful teacher knows how to delegate to get the most from learning experiences.


  1. Make appointment times for communicating with parents who wish to talk with you as this will save time and energy.


  1. Make sure you make time for morning tea and lunch. This is your time and should be spent refuelling for the next lessons.


When your day is complete, go home!! Relax for a period before you need to continue your home life. You have earned it and deserve it.

Join the ranks of all smart teachers and include these 14 tips in your daily routine.


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Heather Collins

Heather Collins is an Early Childhood and Special Education Teacher who makes developmentally appropriate resources for teachers and parents to use with their children. She is author and co-author of poetry books and children’s books. She is a passionate collagist and has crafted beautiful finger puppets and story aprons suitable for early childhood education.

Her resources can be purchased on this website or she can be contacted at Create-Ed by emailing heathercreated@gmail.com. You can order an original apron for any favourite storybook.

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