This week’s edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday comes from TCDSB elementary teacher Grace Hope.
Below are 3 simple yet effective resources broken up into 3 categories:
– Great Ideas
– Online Tools
– Teacher PD
Enjoy 3 Teacher Tips Thursday. Hope you find it resourceful.
SOCIAL DISTANCE MORNING GREETINGS
Pre-covid I would greet my students every morning with a special greeting of their choice. Students got to pick from a list of visual greetings that included everything from a high-five to a hip bump.
This year my students still get a daily greeting, but due to COVID, it’s done in a safer and socially distant form. Students can choose from a foot tap, a peace sign, a high five, or my favourite, silly hands. My students love it and it’s a great way to check-in with them each morning.
Your can purchase No Contact Greeting Cards on the Teachers Pay Teachers website. Check it out and support your colleagues.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TAPPING
A few years ago I was introduced to the EFT technique (Emotional Freedom Tapping) through one of my yoga instructors. EFT is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s also referred to as tapping or psychological acupressure.
Just like acupuncture, EFT is used to help release stress and anxiety anytime. All you need is your hands and a quiet space and that’s it. EFT has shown to be extremely beneficial for children of all ages to help deal with emotions through the simple tapping on various parts of their bodies.
With 2020 being an extremely stressful year for all of us, especially for children, I’ve started using EFT in my class and the response has been very positive. My students realize they can control their personal anxiety or stress any time of the day, in any situation, regardless when and where they were triggered.
We learned about how our emotions are normal and it’s important to learn how we deal with them. EFT has allowed my students to understand their emotions in a positive and healthy matter.
TIP: Try EFT first thing in the morning or right after lunch recess. Here’s some ETF resources:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA
During the first lockdown in the spring, many people picked up new hobbies. Some mastered baking bread. Others explored the great outdoors. While 20 billion people, including myself, downloaded TikTok wanting to learn the newest dance moves and hear the next hit song.
Apps such as TikTok and Instagram are more than just social media platforms. They can also be seen as resources that are full of great educators from across the globe, who connect and share innovative educational strategies and tips for life in these unique times.
In these past few months, I’ve discovered and have connected with a large number of inspirational and creative teachers. Many of whom routinely share amazing tricks, hacks and resources, you can use in your own classroom.
There are also educators that share the real struggles and hardships faced by teachers in these uncertain times. If you have ever felt that way, you are definitely not alone. Many educators out there are experiencing the same things, however, collectively we can work together and learn from each other to overcome these challenges.
Here are some fabulous educators that I have learned from and follow:
Michelle Emerson @pocketfulofprimary
Brittany Jelteme (she/her) @thesuperheroteacher
Carol Hernandez @thesupersparklyteacher
About the author:
Grace Hope is an elementary teacher at the Toronto Catholic District School Board at St. Maria Goretti elementary school. This year she is teaching grade one (in person)
I hope you enjoyed our seventh weekly edition of 3 Teacher Tips Thursday. Got an idea, online tool, or PD opportunity you want to share? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.