are like peanut butter, whether you are teaching or relief teaching. Don't get me wrong. I love peanut butter. Crunchy is my favourite but I also like smooth. I have it on snacks, lunches, evening munchies. But there is one problem...
I would never dream of having peanut butter for dinner. There is just not enough nutrition.
I also love my peanut butter teaching strategies. I use these often when relief teaching. These powerful teaching strategies are perfect for all teaching. especially relief teaching. You dip in for a quick and yummy learning activity. Kids love them. Most teachers love them and they are great little learning episodes.
These are only a small sample.
An unboring mathematics lesson is a brilliant quick lesson to develop one specific skill.
Teaching Spelling Demons these are great activities but they have a small focus. However, if you extend the skills into a comprehensive spelling unit, you might get it into a steak burger meal.
Number Facts Strategies that Work are brilliant everyday activities. I probably use this resource more than any other but it is really a math warm up.
However, these powerful teaching strategies are not the main meal.
That requires steak. (My apologies to vegetarians).
I love steak too.
Steak meals are substantial. It is a meal you can get your teeth into.
A couple of days without steak, and I start spicing up the leather on my wallet.
Some times relief teaching days lack steak meals. Teaching needs steak!
Steak lessons are the bulk builders. Good teaching needs to build bulk!
This is but a small sample.
Mathematics strategies - Chunking. This is one of the most powerful math teaching strategies for improving mental math skills.
Maths Games for Learning. Some might disagree because we often think of games as low-level learning activities. But I have used these a lot and the comprehensive nature of student activity makes me put this into the steak category.
Teaching too many peanut butter lessons will lead to skinny kids.
When you are relief teaching, you need to be a good cook. You need a small range of side dishes but the steak is the hero.
Every student wants their steaks cooked slightly differently but in essence they get the same meal.
So when you are relief teaching, you really must be teaching for a balanced diet.
Make some of your powerful teaching strategies target peanut butter activities and some target steak!
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