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How To Leave a Lasting Impact on Your Students

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How To Leave a Lasting Impact on Your Students

Think back to your favorite educator as a child or young adult. What made them stand out? Likely, it was the way they made you feel about learning as well as the devotion they had to the classroom.

At Scoot, we believe every student deserves a champion who helps them realize their potential. Creating a lasting impact in the classroom is a crucial component of a students educational experience.

5 Ways to Ensure You Are Creating a Lasting Impact


1. Build meaningful relationships

You’re with the kids all day, and it’s easy to just go through the motions. Stay present by asking questions, showing interest and being open with your students. As a teacher, you are in charge of many children and may feel overwhelmed at times, but taking an extra second to ask Timmy how his weekend was or Cathy how her dog is doing after surgery gives you insight to better educate and get through to your students.

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2. Open up and tell stories

Students love to know that you are human, too! They need to see that you’ve had struggles and triumphs alike. They’re eager to see you as “one of them.”

When you share personal stories you create a bond between you and your students.  Sharing will make you more relatable, approachable and three-dimensional to your students.

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3. Pay attention & take action

You’re a teacher, duh you pay attention!  But it’s more than paying attention to each student’s individual needs, and patterns. It’s taking it past recognition and tailoring it to a student’s optimal learning environment. Just acknowledging that little Bobby does better reading isn’t enough, but taking a step towards ensuring Bobby gets the opportunity for reading is where exceptional teaching occurs.

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4. See through the performance

Students don't like being looked at as their letter grade. Understand that there is more to them than their academics but don't disregard their grades.  See the context of their lives and learn more about them and yourself. Once they feel you understand them, they’ll begin to trust you and respect you.

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5. Be passionate

Who wants to sit in class when the teacher doesn't want to be there? To influence students, you must be able to share yourself and your passions. An inspirational teacher has a vast knowledge of their subject matter and they command a room with their love for learning.

So share the crazy facts you know about lava rocks and geological formations! Nerd out and have fun with your teaching!

Passionate teachers inspire their students to love education. Be patient with your students on the days they don’t make you feel like a rockstar teacher. Be excited on the days when you garnish a captive classroom so much they don’t want to go home!

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Teaching isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it and every student is grateful --whether they say it or not--- for what you do. Looking to bring your stellar education skills to a new school community?

We can help! Hiring season is here!

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5 Strategies For Distributive Leadership In Schools

5 Strategies For Distributive Leadership In Schools

The problem school administrators face isn’t with leadership. It’s the inability to properly implement distribution of leadership.

Hiring Candidates in Los Angeles

Do you ever get to the end of your day and wonder where did the time go? Do you often find your workload is exclusive to the supervision and leadership of others with little time left to focus on your personal responsibilities?

While other HR personnel normally supervise 5-15 people, the average school principal oversees the performance and development of 37 teachers, not including non-instructional staff. With such a big responsibility, no wonder school leaders are concerned with making sure they hire the right people the first time.

 

With the right people in place, school leaders can share responsibilities and empower their team at the same time.

Distributing responsibilities, both physically and psychologically, relieves a load of administrative duties, while providing constant leadership development for educators.

Empowering all teachers--not just a select few-- leads to strengthened leadership capacity and fosters a school community of support and appreciation.

5 Ways to Implement Distributive Leadership

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1. Rotate leadership responsibilities

Make sure every person gets a chance to set agendas and take responsibility for a conversation they are leading. Whether facilitating a school-wide meeting or setting up budgets for departments, taking ownership is an essential leadership skill to master.

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2. Hire well

You are responsible for creating a team-based environment so do not shortcut the hiring process. Make sure to get everyone involved during this time to ensure that the new hire has the same level of commitment and goals you are trying to encompass.

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3.  Don’t micromanage!

Teachers are entrusted with the lives of children every day by their parents so why is it so challenging to trust them with other decision-making responsibilities? As a strong leader, you should be able to let go of some control and let others take the lead.

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4. Allow opportunities for assessment

Focus teachers on improving their teaching and leadership techniques by providing them hands-on, day-to-day coaching and support. Giving feedback will help teachers develop their skills while creating a cohesive vision.  We already do this with students but often forget that adults can use feedback as well.

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5. Make success—big and small—visible and irresistible

Who doesn’t want to be recognized for their work? By celebrating the little victories, you are keeping up a positive morale and making everyone feel appreciated.


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Interviewing 101: For Teachers

Interviewing 101: For Teachers

We talk to a lot of candidates. One of the most frequent questions is “What should I do when I interview?”

What's Fresh? In March

What's Fresh? In March

Each month we select some fresh finds for educators. We select useful tools, websites, podcasts and books for teachers to use in their classroom and lives. 

Here's our selections for March! 

Hey check this out! 

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THIS WEBSITE (ALSO AN APP):

Duolingo

Duolingo is great for remediation or enrichment. Learning a foreign language has been scientifically shown to increase overall cognitive function, improve creativity, enhance memory, and so much more. Why not add the bookmark or download the app to your computers or ipads for students to explore? They will be saying Oui! Si! Hai! in no time at all.

THESE YOUTUBE CHANNELS: 

CrashCourse CrashCourse Kids
Highly entertaining videos to support topics covered in the classroom, all organized into user-friendly playlists with search functionality. Where literature, science, math, or history (and more - too many topics to list), your students will enjoy the humor and pop culture references. No need to limit their screen time here.

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THIS ARTICLE: 

Why We Should Embrace Mistakes at School - by Amy L. Eva
Eva explains how shifting the student mindset from failure is not an option to we can actually learn from our mistakes is crucial to creating well-rounded adults with growth mindsets. Fear of making mistakes can lead to stress which can impact our lives both in and out of the classroom. Before you can share the message with your students, you need to know how you stack up first. Take the quiz HERE
 

THIS PODCAST:

Ep. 58 Lessons From Second City Improv To Improve Teaching And Learning
The host talks to Kelly Leonard about his book, Yes, And and how we might use the lessons from improv to improve teaching and learning. Leonard currently serves as EVP of The Second City, a well-known and respected comedy club/improv school. Using improv strategies and techniques are also a great way to boost confidence and nail that in-person interview!

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THIS SUMMER OPPORTUNITY: 

RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR at Julian Krinsky Camps

Scoot has partnered with Julian Krinsky Camps (JKC) to help find passionate educators to go the extra mile and spend their summer working as a Residential Directors. You must be willing to live on campus at UPenn, have an educational background, and be willing to commit to a 10-week program. Great compensation & a fun way to spend your summer! Room & Board included.