Dual language teachers are constantly looking for ways of improving their career. For International Women's Day & Women's History Month, we wanted to share some tips for women dual language teachers to advance their career. Changes in the dual language field are constantly happening, and it is important to stay on top of the curriculum additions, program changes, etc! Please utilize these tips in your classrooms, and honoring women nationwide!
1. Recognizing when you are most productive
As women, we are often balancing many different duties; motherhood, being a daughter, a wife, our career, and extracurricular duties. Recognizing when you feel as though you can work best will allow you to give the maximum quality of work. This will allow you to create the best possible outcome for your students, feel the most accomplished, and utilize the rest of your day to the best of your ability.
2. Being Honest
In achieving a better work balance, one must know what they can do, can't do and are unwilling to do. In Dual Language classrooms, you will have a range of students, including ELLs, and some with special educational needs. It is important to acknowledge when you are overwhelmed and be willing to ask for help. It is important to give extra attention to ELLs and special educational needs; and asking for help will allow these children to get the attention they deserve to succeed.
3. Keeping working hours
Being a female dual language teacher, one must strictly work within stipulated working hours. Utilize an effective to-do list which will come in handy during teaching hours. This to-do list needs to prioritize what needs to happen in school, at home, and for you personally. By staying to the allotted working hours, you will have more time for both yourself and your family outside of school.
4. Staying healthy
A healthy dual language teacher will always lead to higher marks because they invest in their students and the success of their schools. The teacher should always ensure they get a good night's rest, this will be different for everyone depending on what is possible within your schedule. Make yourself your priority! Teachers can exercise and have balanced diets before and after school. Being healthy will allow you to feel the best version of yourself. Don't measure this on physical results- it is about how you personally feel and how much energy you have throughout the day!
5. Making work easier
A huge workload is brought about by a dual language teacher's strategy. When it comes to working one on one with students, teachers can apply a strategy such as mind mapping which can help their students to understand more by summarizing the class load on their books. Another strategy which can work is speed reading which will help students read longer content within a shorter period of time. When a teacher applies such methods, it can save both time and sanity!
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