by Robyn Scott
It’s no secret classroom teachers feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and exhausted by their daily workload. I remember how excited and naive I was about becoming a teacher. I couldn’t wait to get the keys to my picture perfect classroom. I knew that I loved kids, and the thought of working nine months out of the year and leaving each day at 4 p.m. seemed appealing to me. I was sure that teaching would be less complicated than the erratic hours that I was living as a college student.
Fast forward a few weeks into my teaching career. I found myself staying up late at night grading papers, planning lessons on the weekends, feeling emotionally distraught over my students’ personal lives, and trying to balance my own family. My planning periods were booked solid with parent conferences, student conferences, RtI meetings, grade level meetings, PLC’s, and anything else that could possibly be squeezed in. Actually getting to plan during my planning period almost never happened. Can anyone else relate? It didn’t take long for me to realize that there must be a way to work smarter, not harder, otherwise, my teaching career might not last much longer.
So, how can teachers implement the district’s new framework without drowning in the current initiatives?
Districts work diligently to design a framework based on Best Practices and Life Ready Skills to ensure learners are prepared for their future in the 21st century. The investment of time and resources in developing a framework necessitates the expectation for educators to be intentional about implementing the Best Practices within the framework. And, the best part is that e2L provides individual coaching to help teachers set goals and grow in each Best Practice, because we know that we’re better together. At e2L we understand that great minds think differently, so during coaching conversations, we discover the best solutions together. There isn’t a cookie cutter formula, because each classroom is unique.
Best Practices are a research-based and e2L curated list of instructional strategies that lead to student growth in academics and Life Ready Skills. And guess what? You are likely implementing most or all of these Best Practices at some level in your classroom! The implementation of a district framework and e2L coaching allows you to improve your current practice by building on your strengths. Let’s take a look at the list of Best Practices and how they tie into current district initiatives. Self-assessment reflection questions are provided to allow you to analyze what you are currently implementing.
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At e2L, we believe in elegant innovation through simplification. Finding the connections between your current classroom practice, existing district programs, and your district framework through the Best Practices is the key to keeping it simple and making the district framework the ONE thing rather than one MORE thing. It won’t be long before you find yourself working smarter, not harder. You’ve got this!
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