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Tips and Tricks for Teachers by Teachers

Looking for strategies for handling a chaotic class, dealing with awkward back-to-school nights, preventing paperwork pileup, and more? Check out advice from your fellow educators compiled by NEA.

For example, when a lesson doesn’t go over with students as you expect, educators recommend the following.

“Abandon with grace. It happens,” says Jane Scruggs. “That’s why you always have to have a back-up plan (or two).”

If survival strategy number one is back up, survival strategy number two is own up. Just as important as backing up your lesson, says our panel, is owning up to the fact that, for whatever reason, your lesson failed to launch.

“I’ve sometimes said, ‘I think we’ll wait on this. I don’t think we’re quite ready, sorry guys, my bad,’” says Kelly Eddy.

James Cassara is also direct with his students, and while he regroups, he asks for their input on where the lesson went wrong. “It’s a great way for the kids to assess and understand,” he says.

Check out the entire Educators’ Survival Guide.

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