TBA has recently become aware of a great new teaching resource, especially for those new to the profession or changing grade levels. Classroom Teacher Resources, created and managed by teacher Betsy Weigle, is a content rich, easy to navigate website designed to help highly motivated and dedicated teachers become highly effective teachers and facilitate student success.
Betsy's site is full of great information and ideas. One of the best features is that it can take a new teacher straight from college to classroom and will continue providing great tools for every step along the way. Not sure which college to select? Where should I become certified? There are also sections for your student teaching, finding a teaching position, and substitute teachers, all right here in the resource center.
So now, the dream come true and you have your own classroom. Months of moving things around, working with a mentor teacher to find your way around the school, and then it happens. The students arrive. Think back to your first few months as a teacher. You needed something. An attendance sheet. A sub plan template. A field trip checklist. Anybody remember how stressful these were to create? It can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you've got papers to grade, unexpected appearances from the parents, and students just plain being kids.
Of course creating one of these documents is no problem, you could have done it in 20 minutes in college. But who has 20 minutes now? Creating any of them plus the 500 other documents a new teacher will try, change, then retry, is very time consuming and takes away from what a new teacher should really be focusing on: working with students, planning, and teaching strategy. Documents such as these, and many more are available in Betsy's free download center. This is a great tool to help spend your time where you really need it to be spent, with the kids.
|Betsy Weigle in the classroom|
Moving past the basics, Classroom Teacher Resources then takes a deep dive into all of the key categories that really "make" a teacher. Classroom Management, Team Building, Classroom Discipline, Teachable Moments and many other facets of being a teacher are represented with very easy to follow and apply strategies for success. Betsy does a fantastic job of stating why something should be occurring, which truly helps a new teacher make good decisons on their own.
Classroom Teacher Resources of course transitions on beyond the early years of teaching, and covers many more topics of interest, including technology, school improvement, and best practices. Teachers of all experience level would likely be interested in the free monthly newsletter, Q&A sessions, and website guide. Betsy also provides plenty of great strategies for working with students, parents, and other teachers as your career progresses.