Maybe you remember an experience like this when you were in school. The bell goes off and class “begins.” Sort of. “Begins” is a relative term. The teacher waits for the two or three stragglers before beginning the lesson so she won’t have to repeat herself. The attendance record now needs to be revised. Pencils need to be sharpened. Someone doesn’t have paper. Can they “borrow” some? Homework needs to be collected, corrected, and recorded. Excuses for not having the homework are offered to the teacher… and on it goes until finally the lesson begins.
An effective classroom teacher minimizes these distractions, but it’s still present to some degree in most classes. “Prime time,” as I called the first part of the day (or lesson) in a tip from last weekmust be guarded, even in home schools.
Guard prime time by being prepared for the lesson you plan to teach. Have the necessary school supplies ready to go. Be aware ahead of time what the aim of the lesson is. Take steps to eliminate potential interruptions such as phone calls, text notifications, drop-in visitors, etc. Events that often dilute prime time can effectively be handled if you take time at the end of each day to prepare for what’s going to happen tomorrow.
Preparation is not an all-or-nothing proposition. Doing something toward being ready for tomorrow, even if it’s just a little bit, is better than doing nothing.
Prepare for tomorrow today!
That’s the tip of the week!
Curt Bumcrot, MRE
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