- Identify learning objectives & goals
- Create lessons to support the objectives. These lessons might include reading assignments, hands-on activities, experiments, field trips, discussion, etc.
- Teach those lessons
- Set learning pace and adjust as necessary
- Listen - to questions (even the unspoken ones)
- Take advantage of teachable moments
- Find resources
- Set expectations and hold students accountable
- Keep students engaged and interested
- Provide a springboard for further exploration (in and out of the classroom)
- Pay attention to student needs and differences
- Communicate with parents
- Assess students - informally and formally
- Administrative paperwork
- Be flexible
- Maintain order in the classroom
- Give everyone a chance -- to be heard, do the activity, etc.
- Buy supplies and learning materials
- Be a resource for other teachers at my co-op
First, let me start by saying that sitting down and thinking about everything that I do is hard! I'm sure I'm missing a ton of stuff. This are what I came up with after 5 - 10 minutes of brainstorming.
The items in purple are what I believe to be the most important things on this list. The latter five support my ability to be a good teacher. Some days, these bullets are easy. Other days, when I'm in a hurry, or I'm tired (for example), I lose some of my flexibility or my ability to just take a second and listen to what my students or daughter are saying or asking. These are the days that I need to do better -- just because I'm having a bad day doesn't mean they need to have a bad day too.
When I teach voice, I normally don't have a problem with this. I get in "the zone" and work with my students. In the home and co-op classroom settings, I need to learn how to get into the zone. It's a different dynamic and the subjects are continually changing so to a certain extent the routine does as well. Figuring out what the zone looks like so i can get there more easily is the first step in being more consistent with the above bullets.