Back to school tips for teachers – Back to school season is difficult for kids and parents to prepare for and manage. For teachers, back to school prepis crucial to getting the school year off on the right foot.
I spoke to licensed psychotherapist Mia Adler Ozair to get some back to school tips for teachers.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – What should teachers do prior to the first day of school to prepares for the new school year?
Licensed psychotherapist Mia Ozair – If done correctly, preparing for a new school year takes much effort and energy. Even if you are teaching the same grade level year after year, it is important to keep teaching materials fresh and relevant. Preparing lesson plans, updating the classroom, and getting to know a little bit about your students before the first day are some keys to success.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – What can teachers do to make kids feel comfortable about the start of the school year?
Licensed psychotherapist Mia Ozair – Teachers know that most students are very nervous that first day, even if they are also excited. Welcoming students with a smile and a funny story or joke is a great way to break the ice. Asking students to share highlights of their summers is also a great way to warm the classroom. In general, kids feel comfortable when they know and understand the boundaries and what is expected of them. Taking time that first day of school to review classroom policies and teacher expectations is important to a successful year.
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – What should teachers look out for when kids are back to school to make sure they are handling it ok?
Licensed psychotherapist Mia Ozair – Most children will adjust well in the new year. However, here are a few signs that help may be needed:
- Child is often alone or socially isolated (either by choice or by circumstance)
- Child displays acting out behaviors such as disrupting class, being physical with other students or the teacher
- Child is not performing academically–this could be on classroom assignments and tests or perhaps not doing homework or doing it well
- Child is bullied or bullying others
- Child’s mood and academic performance fluctuate noticeably
Lisa LaGrou of Oakland County Moms – Speaking of more back to school tips for teachers… What can teachers do for themselves to prevent burnout and stay at the top of their game?
Licensed psychotherapist Mia Ozair – God bless great teachers! They work so hard to teach our children. Teachers can prevent burnout by doing several things:
- Have hobbies and commit to enjoying them
- Eat well
- Ask for help when faced with a challenging student or situation
- Participate in continuing education to help stay fresh and informed
- Spend time with colleagues, friends, and family that make you happy
ABOUT MIA ADLER OZAIR
Mia Adler Ozair is a clinically licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, California . In addition to her ten-plus years of experience as a therapist, she has over 20 years of expertise in the worlds of education, non-profit organizations, and public speaking. She is a professional writer who recently released, “Insider’s Secrets: How to Choose an Exceptional Therapist (and How to Avoid the Bad Ones).” For more information on back to school tips for teachers, please visit www.miaadlerozair.com.