How to Think in English Only – Learn to Speak Fluently

How’s it going? I’m Daniel and this is going natural English Thank you so much for joining me on YouTube and also on my Podcast which you can find on iTunes or on Stitcher radio? Now in this English tip, I’m going to answer a question from a go natural English Community member Joan Joan told me that his biggest challenge is how to think only in English.

So in this quick tip, I’m going to give you my advice. Now before I give you my top tips I just want to thank my friends at verbalizing because they’ve offered to give the GoNaturalEnglish Community a special free trial of their one to one premium paid tutoring lessons with a native English speaking qualified teacher.

So you can take advantage of that offer to try it out and see if verbalising is right for you at gonaturalenglish.com/verbling it’s a great way to practice I love practicing languages online myself And I’ll tell you in another episode about my Portuguese lessons that I took in verbalising But let’s keep it focused and not get off topic Let’s talk about how to think only in English, so take a look over here.

I have written down on my whiteboard, First of all, start small you don’t have to think Every single thought completely in English Start with the words that you know for example. Let’s see over here. I have a book Do you know the word for the book of course you do? I just said it book right, but if I’m trying to learn another language, for example, I’m trying to learn Portuguese I might think to myself I’m going to read a ‘livro’: a book, right? In Portuguese.

So you can think in your native language but then add the words that you know in English so start small and imperfect. This is just your thoughts in your mind Nobody else is going to hear your thoughts. So it’s okay to make mistakes It’s okay if you think of bad grammar. Nobody’s going to know so think of The best grammar and the best vocabulary that you can but if you know it’s not perfect.

It’s okay what you want to do is Note? what you don’t know and find out, so if you know that you’re thinking in bad grammar, or if you’re not sure to Write it down. Write down a note to yourself is this correct and write down the grammar that you have a question about or the vocabulary? Aware that you have a question about let’s say, I don’t know the word book in another language. I’ll write that down. What is the word for the book how can I say book in? Portuguese or in another language I’m learning.

Okay, so when you find out. Now you can find out the right way to say things in a lot of different ways you could an ask a friend who speaks English or studying English with you ask an English teacher Look online Google it. It now when I’ve learned other languages Spanish Portuguese French Japanese And I love learning languages, so now I’m not trying [to] Brag But I do love to find out how to speak other languages like a native speaker.

And I have found it really difficult to find the answers Online or I just don’t have a friend around who speaks the language fluently. So what I recommend is to get online try an online lesson and you can ask your English teacher. How can I say this in a Natural or native way? How do native speakers talk about this? Whatever it is that you want to talk about. So again. I would recommend trying verbalizing and you can find that special offer to try your first lesson for free at gonaturalenglish.com/verbling V E R B L I N G Only through that link can you get the special offer for the go Daniel English community all right?

Now Here are some other ideas for thinking in English Id or identify objects? Oh, what’s that? It’s a plant, right? So think in English ask yourself a question in English or in your native language But just look around you. Where are you? What environment are you in? can you label items that you see? That’s a great way to get started, and you’ll find quickly which parts of your vocabulary need developing.

So identify plan I know that we all think about what we’re going to do In our minds, so ask yourself in English. What am I going to do today? What do I want to do this weekend and make those plans in your mind in English? make stories Yes, I love this so if you have some free time maybe you’re on the bus, or you’re just waiting for someone Make up a little story. It could be while you’re walking around.

Let’s say I go out to a cafe, and you know I see Someone I could think to myself you know, I wonder what do they do Oh, maybe he works as a banker Maybe he has a family so I’m thinking to myself in English. I’m creating some stories about people that I see or I could completely make up everything in my mind if you’re a kind of creative person it might be easy for you to do.

And makeup сonversations. I want you to imagine that you’re having the kind of conversation that you would like to have so you know Imagine a person we would like to speak with what do you want to say to them him or her or them? would you ask them questions, of course, you would because that’s how we keep conversations interesting. Think about what questions could you ask what information would you share about yourself?

So make up the conversation in your mind even imagine what the other person is going to say to you Now these are all great ways to think in English, and if you keep doing this if you continue to just start small Imperfect is okay if you identify those around you if you make your plans in your mind Or you know writing a to-do list in English makeup stories makeup conversations and This is where you’re going to grow the most Make a note actually it could be in your mind, or you could write it down or you could enter it in your smartphone Send an email to yourself.

If you want to Speak English Fluently, you should watch the video below:

Whatever you do to stay organized with your notes and understand and realize and Just make a note of those words or the grammar points that you’re not sure about how to say Maybe there’s an idiom that you think you’ve heard people say in English but you’re not quite sure what it is or a slang word that you’d like to ask about save those notes and Ask you can ask me you can contact me http://marcusgriffin.com/contact, but the best way like I’ve mentioned a couple times already is to go to http://marcusgriffin.com/verbling.

Alright now if you’d like to learn more from me and go Daniel English I have an awesome new members video course that’s called fluent in 15. Because there are 15-minute lessons, so you can learn quickly and easily together with me and the go Daniel English community With video and with our secret practice group online to find out more about that at http://marcusgriffin.com/fluent15 F L U E N T 1 5. Thank you so much.

3 Big Mistakes in Your English Listening

Hi, guys, I’m Gabby Wallace and this is a Daniel Lesson. A lot of you have written to me and told me that your biggest challenge in English is listening. I know it can be difficult to understand native English speakers when we speak quickly. So I made this post to help you out. I want to share with you the three biggest mistakes that you may be making when you are listening to English.

Listening is not the same as reading

Alright. So let’s get started with number one right here. Listening is not the same as reading. This may seem obvious but the way that we often learn English in school the way you may have learned English is with a focus on reading and writing for academic purposes. Maybe in high school, you had to read in English but maybe you didn’t have as much listening practice in English or you didn’t know how to approach listening.

The way our mind words is with reading we are visual learners. We are looking at the text on a page in a book and we are associating the letters and the words and these shapes that we see on the page, which is letters, we associate those with meaning. When you listen to English it’s a completely different process. We hear sounds, words, phrases and we need to associate those sounds with meaning.

This is especially difficult in English because the way that we write words, the way that we spell is crazy. It is just crazy. We have silent letters, we have diphthongs, we have words that come from other languages and pronunciation varies widely. So remember not to listen to the same way that you read.  

Translating

Number two, translating. It takes a lot of effort to translate. When you hear words in English do you automatically try to translate them into your native language? You might do this because of course you are familiar with and comfortable with your native language and you want to make sense of English you want to understand so you naturally try to translate it into your first language so that you can understand what’s going on.

But translating is actually a waste of time. I’ll tell you why. You’re putting a lot of effort into converting the meaning of a word into your native language and then converting your thoughts back to English. In that time you are not hearing the words that are being spoken while you’re translating and you’re not able to focus on the person you are speaking with. So your mind is wasting a lot of energy trying to translate the words that you hear in English into your native language and then back to English so that you can add to the conversation.

Now another reason why you shouldn’t translate is that when you get past basic words when you get into phrases, idioms, metaphors and some cultural ideas or words that really only exist in English they are difficult if not impossible to translate correctly in other languages. So I encourage you to listen and match what you hear with meaning, directly. Cut out the middleman cut out the translator.

Expecting 100%

And number three the biggest mistake that you may be making is expecting to understand 100%. Don’t be a perfectionist. It is impossible. Even native speakers with good hearing do not catch 100% of what we hear. It’s normal. Aim for 60-80% understanding of what you are listening to. Stay calm, stay relaxed and it will become easier to listen to English and understand what you’re hearing. I’ve made a full course with 17 secrets to improving your listening skills in English so I’m going to talk more about these points and also share 17 strategies for improving your listening today. Also, the course includes 5 practice session videos so that you can not only understand the strategies but use them.

This course is available on my website http://marcusgriffin.com and it’s called the 17 Secrets to Improving Your English Listening SKills. So I hope that you’ll come take a look because I want to help you develop your listening skills for more confidence when you’re engaging in English conversation, more confidence when you talk to people at work, at school, in your personal activities.

So I know that this is a big need so that’s why I’m addressing it. So come on over and take a look at the course. I hope to see you there, in the course with me. I am there to help you not only through the post but through question and answer. You can ask me a question during the course about any listening questions that you may have. So, guys, I’m a real person. I’m not just on the post. I exist behind the screen and I’m here to help you. Thank you so much for watching and I hope to see you in the 17 Secrets to Improving Your English Listening Skills. Bye for now!

Why You Can’t Understand Some Native English Speakers?

Hey! How’s it going? “Why is it that I can understand some native English speakers and not others?” This is a really common question that I’ve been getting over and over from you, members of the Go Daniel English community. And I think it’s a really good question to discuss in this post.

Don’t you think so? So, why is it that you can understand some native English speakers, like me. I know that a lot of you while I’ve received many, many, many emails saying, “Oh my Gosh, this is so exciting!” “Gabby, I can understand every single word you’re saying.” Or “Wow, I can’t believe I understand 70% of what you’re saying.” “This is amazing. I’ve never felt this way before.” “I feel so good when I listen to your English, Gabby.” “But why when I listen to other native English speakers, can’t I understand them?”

So, let’s talk about that. Today, we’re going to solve this problem, and I’m going to share resources, suggestions with you on how to fix this problem. This is some big deal because you don’t want to feel left out of native English conversation. It feels horrible. It feels really horrible when you cannot understand some native speakers, but you can understand others because it makes you wonder if this your problem, is that the native speakers’ problem, is there something wrong with them or is there something wrong with you.

It’s embarrassing when you’re in a group of native speakers, and maybe you can understand some of them, but not others. Or maybe in the morning, you’re watching a Go Daniel English video or listening to the podcast, and then in the afternoon, you go to talk with your native English speaker friend or your colleges, and you can’t understand some of them. So, in this episode, we’re going to solve that.

So first of all, natives talk funny. Native English speakers have different ways of talking. I’m a native English speaker. I was born and raised in the United States of America, and I speak a very standard kind of American English. I was born in Minneapolis, so some people who are really, really good at English know that sometimes, there’s a tiny, tiny, incy-wincy hint of that kind of regional accent in my English.

But not so much. I tend to speak standard English because as I was growing up, I actually moved to different states. I lived in Minnesota until I was ten, and then Hawaii until I was thirteen, and then Indiana, until I was fifteen, and then Maine until I was twenty, Massachusetts until recently. So anyway, I’m a very good kind of even English. So anyway, my English is really clear, because I also have over ten years of experience teaching English as a second language, traveling the world and working with English-as-the-second language speakers.

Other native English speakers don’t have the same experience, they’re not English teachers. So, in order to communicate with people, they just speak like they would speak with other native English speakers. I’m speaking to you right now like I would speak to my native English-speaking friends. What I mean is I think I’m more aware of speaking clearly, I enunciate my words.

People that work on the radio or in broadcasting, or on TV also speak very clearly whether they’re English speakers or not. Other people that are used to working all day every day with other Americans speak pretty quickly, and they might combine their words more. So, for example, I might say, “Don’t you know how to understand native English?”, and they might say, “Don’t you know how to understand native English?” “Don’t you know?”

Which is also very Minnesotan of me to say. If you do know the difference in regional English, sometimes people make fun of Minnesotans saying, “Ya, don’t you know?” Anyway, back on track. So, the point here is that some native English speakers talk funny. But it’s not funny to other native English speakers. They’ll just say, “Okay, they have a strong southern accent or New York accent.

“Or maybe they use a lot of slang, or maybe combine their words a lot, like that example with “Don’t you know.” Or, for example, “What are you doing?”, they might say, “What’re you doin’ or “Watcha doing?” “What’s up?” So, we combine our words really often. So, natives talk in different ways base on their regional accent, based on where they grew up, based on just their style, whether they talk more casually, more clearly, professionally, whether they have experience in public speaking or radio or broadcasting.

So, there are a lot of different ways to speak. Also, if you think about people from different generations. Young people will use phrases, like “I can’t even!” And older people don’t tend to use phrases like that, that’s slang. Older people may speak less clearly, because they’ve got so used to speaking in their own way, their own accent, combining words together. So, these are some reasons why native can be difficult to understand.

Now, why is it difficult for you in particular to understand some native speakers? It could be because you are used to classroom English. But English classroom is possibly the most dangerous place for you to spend your time if you want to become fluent in real natural English. Danger! Danger! Get out of there! Come online and watch or listen to more Go Daniel English, because in the classroom, you have an English teacher who is used to working with English learners (and that’s a good thing), but you’re not exposed to real natural English as much as you’re out in the real world or online listening to authentic, real-life speed English.

So in the classroom, you’re also exposed to a lot of languages, such as “Open your book”, “Please read page twenty.”, “Do you have any questions?”, “Please do your homework.”, “Now we’re going to learn blah, blah, blah”. This is all classroom vocabulary. And some of it is common in everyday English life, but some of it is really specific to the classroom. For example, “You came to class late! Why are you late?” Or “Open your books.” This is a phrase you’re not going to hear very often in everyday English conversation.

Do you follow me here? I hope this is making sense. So, you need to be in an environment where you’re surrounded by the kind of English you want to speak. So, if you want to be an English teacher, you should spend a lot of time in the English classroom. You should also spend the time outside of the classroom. But being in a classroom will give you classroom English. If you want to be an English-speaking doctor, well, you should shadow an English-speaking doctor.

So, you need to make sure that you’re listening to and watching, and being part of the English word that you plan to spend your time in, the English world that you want to be part of. Does that make sense? I hope it makes sense. So, let me give you an example. I’m traveling now, I’m in Thailand. And I was with my friend Sofia. And Sofia works in finance, she’s not an English teacher.

So, it’s really funny, because every time Sofia tries to speak to the locals who speak English, they don’t understand. And then, when I interrupt and I speak to the locals in a way that I know they learned in their English class, they understand. For example, Sofia said, “Excuse me, should we fill out this form?”, but Thai woman didn’t understand. I said, “We write?”, and the Thai woman understood.

So, it was very basic English. That’s the kind of English that you learn in your English class. “We write?” But it’s not even correct, and it’s not showing you phrasal verbs, like “fill out” that a native English speaker, an American English, a speaker would certainly use more often than a basic verb like “write”. So, it’s really important to learn phrasal verbs and, of course, I have a course and I have an audio e-book about phrasal verbs that you can find out more about a marcusgriffin.com.

Now, what do we do about this problem? We know it may be difficult to understand some native speakers, because maybe it’s their fault, maybe they just don’t speak clearly. But maybe it’s your fault because you’re relying on your classroom English. Well, it doesn’t matter whose fault it is. It’s nobody’s fault. What we’re going to do is we’re going to concentrate on how we’re can improve your English so that you can understand without feeling left out or confused when you want to talk with native English speakers. So, first of all, forget what you learned in your English classroom.

Really, you have to begin with an open mind if you’re going to understand native English speakers, because it’s almost like a different language or a different dialect from what you learned in your English classroom, especially, if you learned English in your home country. And I’ve heard from many of the people in the Go Daniel English audience that their high school English classes were really bad.

Now, I don’t want to judge, I don’t want to say anything bad because I know a lot of great English teachers who are native speakers and non-native speakers of English, but I’m sorry if you had the bad experience in your English class. But you don’t have to let your past experience determine your future in English. So, forget your bad experience in high school English class.

Now we’re going to learn real-world English. So, of course, I would suggest that you would check with Go Daniel English course. Now, I’m not just saying this to promote my courses, but I’ve created my courses especially for you to understand American English speakers. So, you can find more at marcusgriffin.com. Immerse yourself in the English that you want to speak.

So, I’ve mentioned before, if you want to be an English-speaking doctor, see if you can go shadow a professional and an English speaking hospital. That’s one example. If you want to be a great conversationalist and make friends who speak English, perhaps there’s a hostel of an international meet up or an international association where you live where you can go and you can listen to how other people talk, and you can even join the conversation.

But you have to get out of your English classroom, and you have to get out of your comfort zone, and you have to push yourself, you have to go be in the environment that you want to be able to speak fluently in. Also, remember that English listening and English speaking are really different from English reading and writing. English pronunciation is crazy. And so, what you imagine you’re going to hear based on when you read a book is really totally different in real life.

So, I suggest that you train your ear and you try to listen to a lot of English and understand what you’re hearing as opposed to trying to translate it or trying to use dictionary right away. That’s kind of awkward if you’re in a conversation, and you pull out your dictionary and say, “Oh, I’m sorry. Just a minute. I need to look up this word.” And then, a conversation is going to pass you by, you’re not going to have time.

So, try to train your ear to understand what natives are saying. And there’s a lot of different ways to say the same thing like I mentioned with my example before with my friend Sofia. She said “fill out”, and I said “write” which is not exactly the same, but they are very, very similar. So, studying phrasal verbs can help you a lot with your understanding native English. And understanding pronunciation of American English, how we combine words together, and sometimes that changes the sound.

Like the examples I shared. What did I say? “What are you doing”, “Watcha doing?” or “Don’t you know?”, “Dontcha know?” And also being familiar with some of the advanced grammar, like “Don’t you know” is kind of negative question or “You do know, don’t you?” I was playing around with some of my English learning friends in Indonesia (earlier this year, I visited Indonesia), and I said, “Okay, are they really fluent?” I said, “Okay, let’s play a game. I’m going to challenge you with the hardest English that you’ve ever had to respond to.” And so I asked them a lot of different questions, like “You do know, do you?”, “Don’t you know?”, “Do you know?”

And so, being comfortable with those different ways that native speakers will ask questions is really important too. So, I don’t usually say that you should focus on grammar, but in this case, some advanced grammar can help. Just don’t become obsessed with the grammar, don’t worry about being perfect all the time, because you can fall into perfection paralysis which means that you want to talk until you are 100% sure that you have the perfect sentence or phrase in mind.

But become more and more familiar with grammar, with phrasal verbs and with how native speakers pronounce phrases, not just individual words, but words together in phrases and how they sound when the words are next to each other. All right. So, those are some things that you can do to improve your situation so that you never feel like you’re totally left out of a conversation, so you don’t feel like “What the heck? I’ve been studying English for ten years, and I still can’t understand a native speaker?”

I know how you feel. It doesn’t have to be that way. And it doesn’t have to take ten years. Give yourself a few months to really focusing on learning native English outside of the classroom, and I think that you’ll be really happy with your results. You can come to GoNaturalEnglish.com/7steps to learn more about the Go Natural method of learning English fluently.

So, that’s 7, the number 7, S, T, E, P, S. So, I hope to see you there, and I hope to talk to you again soon. Remember to share this post if you found it helpful. Thank you so much. I love you, guys. Have a wonderful day and keep up with your English speaking skills and studying, and fluency. And that is all. Have a wonderful day. Bye.

How to thinking in English Like a Native Speaker?

Hey, Naturals. What’s up? It’s your favorite American English teacher Gabby here with a Go Natural English lesson to help you to stop Translating everything from English into your native language in your head in your mind and your brain in your noggin and to start thinking only in English it is Possible believe me no matter what level you’re at right now. It’s possible to think in English And I’m gonna show you.

How I’m gonna give you 9 Tips that will help you on your journey to thinking just like a native English speaker. So if this is interesting to you, then keep reading. So first of all, what’s the problem with translating everything Into your native language before you come up with a response in English. Well if you’re in a Conversation or some situation where you need to really process information quickly and be able to respond rapidly in an appropriately timely manner.

Then you really don’t have time to translate. Even if you’re super smart which I know you are and you’re really good at English. Which I know you are it still takes time to process all the information. You’re getting in English into your native language and then. Think in your native language, what am I gonna say how am I gonna respond and then translate that Back into English. It’s a lot of work for your brain to do and no matter how Awesomely intelligent.

You are it’s gonna take too long in a native speed kind of fastback and forth conversation. So if you are in a social situation and if you’re in a meeting at work if you are at a Presentation and you want to ask questions You really need to be able to think in English So the problem started with the way that we learn Foreign languages. This happened to me? When I was learning Spanish in the classroom.

How did we learn we learn through translating with Spanish? I learned that one is Uno and two are dos and Let’s see coffee is Cafe and So on so of course. It’s easy, and it makes sense to begin this way. Because we know vocabulary in our native language but it actually is hurting us once we get into Conversational English or in my case conversational Spanish, so when I left the classroom When I left my English sorry my Spanish classroom And I tried to have a conversation with native Spanish speakers.

I was like in total shock my jaw hit the ground. Because I couldn’t understand anything and I definitely couldn’t respond. Because I was trying to just Identify a few words that I could recognize that I could hear that I could listen to that I could comprehend and then Translate those into English and then think in English to translate back into Spanish And I was a wreck. So I don’t want that to happen to you. Maybe you know how that feels already let me give you some suggestions to get you started thinking in English first?

Let’s start small Understanding everything in English and being able to respond in English is like a big meal. That’s a lot of vocabulary or a lot of food to digest right. So let’s start by taking small bites and digest thoroughly so start by doing small daily activities in English. So, for example, Every day, I take my dog for a walk or sometimes we go for a run so sometimes. I talk to him usually in English, but sometimes just to really confuse him. I talked to him in Spanish and instead of saying come.

Let’s go I’ll say even, vamonos right so you could do this in English. Maybe if you have a pet or if you don’t have a pet there are other ways, too I bet you have a phone if you have a smartphone. You could set that in English so that every time you open up your phone there’s English vocabulary. For you to work with this is an example of an everyday. Activity probably multiple times a day you’re looking at your phone that you could do in English And maybe there are other things that you can think of too.

So what are some other suggestions of small daily activities that you could do in English? Comment let me know what you think next listen to more English this doesn’t even have to take up more of your time You can give yourself an immersive experience in English no matter where you are Open up your laptop or your smartphone and download Some podcasts in English or listen to internet radio or put on a post on blog or on Netflix in English and play it in the background while you’re doing other work that doesn’t require intense focus.

I love doing this when I’m just doing housework or like organizing stuff around my room or my office or whatever I will listen to music and other languages because I love learning the lyrics to songs in Spanish or in Portuguese or in other languages that I want to learn so most recently I was Listening in Spanish to the song called Lloraras Which is a famous salsa song I highly recommend it if you’d like to get into Salsa But anyway, let me continue with tips for thinking in English 3 try Guessing or Planning what native English speakers.

Are going to say in that next Conversation or in that presentation or whatever situation that? You’re going to be in in English so when you predict based on your life experience what you think people are going to say you will be more prepared and more confident. You’re preparing your brain to receive that information And you’d be surprised probably like eight out of ten times. You’re going to be correct now.

Don’t get too attached To your prediction. Because of course, other people don’t know that script that’s going on in your head. So be prepared for something different to come out of people’s mouths but just by exploring the different options or your Prediction or guess what you think will happen? You’re gonna feel way more Confident, and you’re gonna be able to process that information Faster and to think in English yourself.

Because you’re already thinking when you predict. What’s going to happen in a conversation four stop learning exclusively through translation Especially once? You’re out of your beginner English class we have to learn through association through Experience through observing watching listening through touching through your life experience. You have to associate the word with the meaning and not the English word with your native language word Okay, words are just where they’re just letters?

The real true meaning is what you understand and then you can attach that to the word okay? So book is not necessarily live in in Spanish or Portuguese It’s a thing with pieces of paper and writing that I can read and learn from so I hope this is making sense But you have to stop learning exclusively through Translation and next very closely related number five is to stop using a bilingual dictionary the best use of your bilingual dictionary where there’s English and then your native language is actually as like a Coaster where you put your coffee cup on On top of your table, so it doesn’t leave a circle on your table.

That’s the best use for it because if you continue to use this bilingual dictionary to learn vocabulary In English you’re always going to be practicing translation so just use that thing as a coaster or whatever and use a monolingual dictionary instead monolingual means one language so English to English and you’re going to exponentially expand your English language vocabulary when you do this next ?

Number six label objects in your environment in English you can just do this in your head It’s super simple super fast and easy doesn’t cost anything or you could actually write the words on paper and tape. Those labels right to the objects or use sticky notes or something and for example if I see a book and I’m learning Spanish. Then I would write on my sticky note libro And I think I said Livro before, but that’s actually Portuguese.

I get confused between Spanish and Portuguese I will tell you honestly it is not always easy to learn both at the same time so anyway Libro is booked if I’m learning Spanish Maybe livro if I’m learning Portuguese, hey if I’m learning Arabic It’s Kitab you can help me with my pronunciation in the comments, but put a label on everyday objects. This is really especially helpful for beginners intermediate Level English learners, but it can be fun to do just to remind yourself to think in English at any level Number 7.

Talk to yourself in English when you talk to yourself out loud It does so many good things for you. Not only are you going to practice your pronunciation your speaking your vocabulary your fluency. But you are developing that thinking and English skill so what kind of things should you say when you’re talking to yourself out loud in English and When should you do this well, first of all, I would suggest doing this perhaps in the privacy of your own home. Maybe not around your co-workers or people that might think you’ve gone crazy So what do you tell yourself?

Well, you could ask yourself questions for example right now I’m thinking what am I going to eat for lunch today? So if I am trying to improve my Portuguese I might think to myself and say out loud “O queue you comer Hoje no almorco?” Yeah, think that’s right. If it’s not you can tell me in the comments. But it’s okay if you make a mistake talking out loud to yourself if your grammars not perfect if your pronunciation is not perfect.

Because the point is not to be perfect the point is for you to develop that habit of Thinking and speaking the language. So it totally just makes a mental note of what you’re not sure about. If you are not sure if you’re supposed to use like the article the or whatever. It is you’re not sure about and then you could ask someone just like. I asked you in the Comments, you could ask your native speaker friend your teacher or do some research online Another way.

I really love to talk to myself out loud in languages. I’m learning is to sing a song. So I mentioned earlier that I was Listening to a song called Lloraras, which means you will cry. It’s kind of a sad song actually, but I love to actually sing that song when I’m Just you know doing house chores or walking my dog. I’ll just be like yeah we queue to no queries queue yo a ti te quiera. So I’m not a great singer, gonna stop but just to give you an example. That is what I love doing and I might even mix in some Salsa dance moves.

Well, I’m singing eight just start thinking in English with a Mantra or a motto or some phrase that just gets you started like on autopilot Automatically. So my phrase might be I am improving my English every day. And I would say that in English out loud to myself or just think it. I’m learning Portuguese. I might say to myself Bom dia, a Cada dia estou melhorando meu portugues.

Yes, like with Emotion is really important really really important even. If I look crazy It doesn’t matter it does help you and it lifts your spirits, and it gives you the energy to improve your language skills. Finally, number nine Our last tip to help you think in English is to just do a little bit each day So don’t force yourself to think in English all day every day from the get-go or from the beginning just start with 30 seconds. I’m sure that you can think in English for 30 seconds.

You could set an alarm Maybe every day at 9 a.m. You’re going to think in English for 30 seconds So you know on your phone put an alarm for 9 a.m. And you can title it think in English And then set your timer for 30 seconds and just think in English no matter. How simple or how silly it is? You can just say hello to yourself over and over and over for 30 seconds. If that’s the best you can do? I know you can do better. I know But it’s just an example that it doesn’t matter how complicated your English is when you train to think in English.

What does matter is that you Start and that you are consistent? So do a little bit every day. And you’re going to be thinking in English all day long in no time if you loved these suggestions. Let me know in the comments share this post with Your friends who are learning English or maybe your friends who are learning other languages because these tips totally apply to any language you are learning. Thank you so much for reading be sure to share a post and visit the website at marcusgriffin.com. Love you guys. I’ll see you again soon.

10 Tips for New Teachers Start Teaching

Hey, guys today I wanted to do a top ten tips for my first-time teachers. So I realized the other day that I have a lot of viewers that are in school to be teachers. They are about to start their student teaching. They’re about to go out and try to find their first real job in teaching and I have had so many requests to do tips for first-time teachers and what are some things that? You need to be looking for and job hunting and there’s just so much that you can talk about.

Because I know with my first my first year there was a lot going on and there’s a lot to take in that first year teaching. I feel like you know they don’t prepare you as well as what you think when you’re in school yeah they give you lots of great tools and you know strategies to use in your classroom. But it’s nothing compared to when you actually have your own classroom and you’re having to set everything up from scratch.

So today, I have ten tips for my first-time teachers and even if you’re a veteran teacher. You may find some of these tips really useful. So let’s dive into the very first tip. So my very first tip for you is to choose one thing. Now here’s what I mean about that so you come into teaching and if you’re a general ed classroom in elementary? You’re teaching a lot of different subjects. You’re having to do reading writing small groups.

You’re doing science and social studies. You’re doing the math there’s just so many different things that you’re trying to do and learn all in one time. So here’s my tip is to choose one thing you are going to constantly be improving as you are getting the experience in so the more you teach the better. You get right so that very first year. You cannot expect to just jump right in and be able to do it all and everything’s going to absolutely be perfect?

Yes, you should try to do your very best in each of the subject areas. But I want you to focus in on one area that you want to really kind of put a lot of your attention on for that year so that the next year. You can focus on a different subject area and you can improve yourself on that one. If you try to say that well. I’m going to get better in math and reading and small groups in all of these. It’s going to overwhelm you. You’re going to get tired and it’s a lot of work. You can’t try to do all of the subject areas and have all of your attention and all of them all the time it gets extremely overwhelming for those very first years so focus on one thing and my suggestion for you would be small groups. Because small groups are going to be where a lot of your instruction is going to take place. So you will want to make sure that. That’s where the focus is for you in the very first year. I would definitely focus on small group small group was my focus area in my first year. Because I knew that that was going to be where? I spent the bulk of my time. So I wanted to make sure that. I was doing that to the best of my abilities.

Tip number two is to be strong in behavior management I cannot tell you how many times? That I have seen teachers who have struggled with behavior management who were first-year teachers and them kind of got that sense from you know the administration and just everyone else around them that. They just couldn’t handle their classroom you know that they just really weren’t quite cut out for it that.

They didn’t really know what they were doing just yet so the very first year. You want to make sure that you are really understanding what is your behavior management style what do you believe as far as what it comes to behavior management and how are you going to handle different situations so really be strong in it and make sure that. You stay consistent in it as well so if you tell your kids. If you do this is what’s going to happen?

You need to make sure you stick with it because that’s going to help you gain respect from your students and if administration comes in and they can see that you have like a well-oiled machine that you seem to have everybody kind of together that you may not be perfect in teaching all the subject just yet. But you have your behavior management now if you have your behavior management.

I think that’s going to be one of the most important things for you. If you don’t have behavior management. You’re not going to be able to teach your class. Because your students will not listen to you and they won’t respect you for that matter so make sure that you really understand your behavior management. How are you going to do it and lay that all out at the very beginning of the year? I would even suggest sitting down and writing it out what are your consequences what is your positive reinforcement how are you going to handle different situations and put that in there.

How are you going to communicate that with parents put that in there as well and give those out to parents at the beginning of the year and make sure you have it posted is somewhere in your room at the very beginning of the year too. Because that’s going to really help you be successful when it comes to teaching so that’s my tip number two be strong in behavior management.

Tip number three is to find some type of organization system you are going to get overwhelmed with paperwork and just papers that you have things that you need a file it is going to be the crazy overload so figure out an organization system are you going to have file folders. Are you going to have binders? Are you going to have things that? You’re going to collect for student data make sure that you understand where you’re going to be able to put things and how you’re going to put it and at the very least have tons of buckets.

Because at least that way you can sort everything out into those buckets and it’s all kind of tucked away it’s not anywhere visible because I feel like if you walk into your classroom and you see a whole bunch of mess and you see piles of papers.You’re going to be stressed out and it’s going to lead to a very stressful day for you so make sure that you have some type of an organization plan in place and that you’re implementing that on a regular basis so I did a video on managing your paper float and it’s going to give you a really good idea of some things that I do in my classroom that helps me manage my time manage papers that are coming in and out and it kind of gives you an idea of my organization system as well.

So I will leave a link down below so you can go and check that out if you haven’t already? Tip number four is to collaborate. Now here’s what I mean about that yes you’re going to be working with other teachers? You’re going to have to be able to collaborate in some ways but what I really mean about collaborate is that take what they already have. This is that time of it this is the very first year that you’re teaching it is pretty much survival like so many teachers it did tell me this at the very beginning and I didn’t believe them but it honestly is survival.

There are so many things that are coming at you and you’re going to have to you will want to take things from other teachers. That they’ve already had in place they’ve been doing it for years and years until you learn to develop your own style. I think that it is important that everybody and develop their own style their own way of teaching their own ideas of teaching. But that very first year take what you can get and run with it? Because you don’t want to have to try to recreate every single wheel out there.

Because it’s going to be exhausting. You’re going to burn yourself out and you’re not going to stay positive and you’re not going to stay motivated as a teacher so be sure that. You’re using those people around.You’re using the tools that they’re giving you and you’re using all the materials that you get they are giving you to help survive that very first year. Tip number five is to accept and embrace change I probably changed the layout of my room about three or four different times.

Because I realized that it just wasn’t working for me it wasn’t working for my kids it was causing chaos. So I accepted and I embraced change and my students learned to embrace the change so they were kind of figuring out that. I was one that just needed to do things to make it fit and make it work better. So they understood very much about a change they would come in and you did this that looks really cool.

I really like that so they kind of got into it as well my very first year. But it is so important that if something isn’t working for you just change it. what is the worst that can happen you know? You might have to change it back to make sure that you are accepting that and embracing it and just changing it is done with it and we hang on. I feel like so many people just have it one way and they say well. that’s the way everybody else has it well.

It may not work for you so change it to make it work for you to make it fit your needs to make it fit your student’s needs and in the long run. If it doesn’t end up working out you can always change it back to accept and embrace that change. Tip number six is to plan and be prepared. So many people tell you about this but planning out those lessons making sure your standards are on there making sure that.

You have your materials ready to go is so important for that very first year. You’re going to have people from your County walking through your room. You’re going to have your principals are constantly going to be in your room and that doesn’t mean that you’re an awful teacher it just means that you’re a new teacher they just want to be there to see. If your everything is running okay and if you need any assistance you may have other teachers walking in your room.

You may be going to other teachers rooms to observe them to see how they’re doing but be sure that you are the plan and prepared have your lessons out on a certain spot every single day have all of your materials out and ready to go so that when they walk in your room. You seem like you’re the well-oiled machine and everything’s going the way it needs to be going to make sure that all of those materials are out every single day make that a number one priority.

Tip number seven is to learn to turn off the teacher time so this was a big one for me. Because I would end up staying at school probably until six seven o’clock. I would go home eat dinner and I would continue working until baby about 10:00 or 11:00 o’clock it was not healthy for me. I was exhausted and I was getting to a point where I was burning myself out. So I realized very quickly that I there just moments where I have to learn to turn it off and I need to give myself me time and I need to make sure that. I’m doing that on a day-to-day basis and pretty regularly too so set a time and every day.

That’s when you need to tell yourself. I’m turning it off.It’s going to get done. I promise you sometimes you’re like well. I need to finish this. I need to do this. I need do that. I promise you-you will end up getting it done and the minute that you get those tasks done. You’re going to have about five or six more things that fall on your plate and you realize you need to do everything will get done that first year and you don’t have to stress yourself out as much as what you think you will somehow get it done.

I have no idea. How I got so many of the things that. I had to do that very first year done but it did get done and everyone told me that and I never believed them. But I promise you and you will get it done. So set a time say that’s it. I’m turning off my teacher’s brain. I’m putting on me and I’m going to spend the time on me and on my family and I’m going to focus on that so be sure that. You’re giving yourself that me time and that quality time that. You need just to make yourself a better teacher.

So tip number eight is to smile stay positive and don’t show stress so there was one teacher that every time you walked past her in the hallway and this was her first year every time. You walked past her in the hallway. She wasn’t smiling and getting on with her kids. She seemed stressed and that wasn’t something. That you would want to portray to your administrators or to your team or other teachers in the building to them it gives them the idea of machines. You just can’t-do it.

She’s not cut out for it this isn’t where she needs to be whether it be the grade level or it is teaching in general. You want to make sure that you, whenever you’re walking out into that hallway people, see you as being a positive person that you’ve put together that you really understand what you’re what you’re doing and that you love what you’re doing so make sure that you’re staying positive.

You’re smiling in the hallways and that you don’t really show that stress now some of the times around what those teachers that you are building those relationships with you may give. Let them know about some of that stress. Because that’s what some of those teachers are, therefore. I have teachers that none are next to me and I come up to them and say I can’t handle this.

I’m very stressed out this is you know driving me nuts. But that’s what they’re for you don’t want. The whole school thinking that or you’re administration thinking that you want them thinking that you have everything put together that you understand what you’re doing that you love your job and you have it together to make sure that every time. You’re walking out into that hallway or you’re walking to the office you’re smiling. You’re staying positive and you’re not showing that stress.

Tip number nine for you is to attend school events even if you don’t have to so schools hold lots of different events whether it be PTO events family events parent night game nights.There’s just so many different things that are happening in a school now you may not have to go to all of these it may say that your administer tells you: hey guys we’re doing this cookout.You are welcome to come but you don’t have to go to it show that you care about your community what you should care about your community.

You want to spend time with your kids but that very first year. You really want to make sure that you’re spending that time and you’re really getting to know the people that you are working with getting to know the community that.You’re working for and do the kids that you’re working for so go and spend as much time on as many events that you possibly can because in the end that’s going to tell your administrator that you care about the school you care about the kids and you care about what you’re doing for them.

So it’s going to give you some extra great brownie points. My very last tip for you guys is social media and teachers and here’s what I mean about that so you’re going to see things up in the hallways. You’re going to see teachers that are doing some really amazing and cool things and you’re going to go on a social media and say wow this teacher has it put together and look at all the cool stuff that.

They’re doing and you may start to almost feel kind of down on yourself like I can’t-do that. I’m never going to be able to get to that point where that teacher doing that. But here’s something that you have to remember you’re seeing the highlights. You’re seeing all the really good things. You’re not seeing everything else that’s happening behind the screen almost so make sure that you go easy on yourself.

Because for that very first dear you know? You’re not going to have it all you’re not going to get to do it all and that’s I don’t think. I do it all now there are sometimes where I have to say I just I can’t get to that and that’s not the most important thing. Because I need to make sure that you know? I’m focusing more on different areas and but don’t get down whenever. You’re going on social media.

You’re seeing these other amazing teachers at your school and they’re doing really cool things and you feel like. You’re not there you feel like you haven’t gotten to that point yet that because remembers your first-year teacher and you’re only seeing the really cool stuff that they’re doing. Because they’re putting it out there in front of your face. You know you’re only seeing the really cool stuff that they’re doing online again you don’t see all the other stuff.

That’s happening behind the scenes so make sure you go easy on yourself that very first year. It’s that you don’t get to do all the really cool things that you see so many other teachers doing or you feel like. You’re not doing as much as what everyone else is doing my tip for you on that too is making sure that. You’re just really teaching that standard. If you’re teaching this standard and you’re doing that you do it teaching that standard to the best of your abilities.

I think you’re doing your job great I think that’s what we’re here for we’re here to teach the standards and make sure our kids understand everything and make sure that.They’re learning all the extra fun and cool stuff is just an add-on um so make sure that you’re doing that first and then as you get better and you start to develop your teaching style and you’re starting to understand you know the ways of teaching and everything planning gets easier the fun stuff just starts to come in so don’t stress out about that the very first year don’t use that as a man.

I’m not very good at this use it as an inspiration use social media as an inspiration use those teachers next to you as an inspiration and get inspired by them. Because there are some amazing teachers out there don’t feel down on yourself about it instead use that to help drive you to become a better teacher. I hope that these 10 tips or really helpful for you if you are a first-year teacher or you’re about to go into your student teaching.

Let me know down in the comments which one of these tips really hit home for you and which one you really are going to try to take and run with it really quick. Before I end this video I have an amazing cousin who is a third-grade teacher in Texas and he very jokingly told me that I needed to place his Instagram name on my article. So I’m going to insert his little picture here real quick and I’m going to put his Instagram name there if you guys will go and check him out.

He is so inspirational. He’s a wonderful teacher he inspires me every day to become a better teacher and you guys will get some really great ideas for him to make sure you go and check him out on Instagram give them a follow tell them Bridget sent you and yeah that is it thank you guys so much for reading. If you have any questions or comments make sure you leave them down below.

If you enjoyed this post and found it to be very useful please make sure to give it a thumbs up and I will talk to you guys really soon bye. I wanted to talk to you about behavior management in the classroom when I did my post on a day in my life a lot of you left a comment about how well my students were working and how did? Please follow this blog.

A Busy Day in the Life of a Teacher

So the first thing I like to do when I enter my classroom is turn on all of my lamps and fix my pillows. I’m a little OCD about my pillows, so I turn my lights on, and I go ahead and start taking out all of my materials that I’ve kind of brought home, so I take out my planner, I take out my teacher planner, my laptop, my Diet Coke which is very important for me to start the morning, and I just kind of start to get myself situated.

My A Busy Day

Once I take out all of my things, I like to open up my teacher planner and flip to today’s lesson, so I quickly just kind of look at what it is I’m doing for the day just so I can have a great idea of pretty much my plan for the day. I also turn on my laptop which takes a little bit for it to get started, and I will take my teacher planner and place it on my black desk. This is where I do all of my instruction, so I like to make sure that my lesson plans are right in front of me at all times.

Once my students walk into my classroom, they get started with their counting jar right away, so I’m busy while they’re doing that helping other students, and I’m taking out my assessments for the day. So once my kids finish up with their counting jar, they bring that to me so I can quickly check it. The announcements will come on around 7:50 in the morning, so as soon as the announcements come on, I have my kids all stop, we all stand together, we all face the flag, and we say the Pledge of Allegiance.

Once that is finished, announcements are over, I like to make sure that I stop my class and me kind of just double check that everybody’s inside of my room and unpacked. Then I give them directions as to what they’re doing. I’ll go over the daily data question, I’ll tell them to complete their counting jar, and then I’ll let them know about their task that they have for that day. As my students are working on their counting jar and morning activities, I’m doing a couple of assessments in the morning.

I’ll even get together a small group that we can quickly just go over some of those different skills that I’ve noticed that some of the kids may be having issues with, so I will do a quick small group with them and go over some of these. Here I’m doing a math small group. Next up comes my intervention time, so this is the time when I’m working with those students who need just some extra support, so I’ll pull them, and we’ll begin working on some of those skills that they need.

Once my intervention is complete, I will ring my bell, and my students will start cleaning up and making their way to the carpet. The first thing that we like to do when we get to the carpet is sung our good morning song, so we sing that standing up so we can get ourselves pumped up and ready for the day. After our morning song, I like to sit down with my students in a circle, and this is the time when I start to talk about some of the behaviors that I’ve seen, maybe if it’s some class issues that I need to correct, and then I’ll also just give my kids the opportunity to just to have some shout out, so that they can share some things that are happening with them.

Then we’ll move into our morning message, and this is the time where my kids and I are coming together, and we’re talking about some of those phonics skills, so now I’ve transitioned my morning message from me actually writing it out and us going through each word to now my kids sharing out something we pounded out for the sentence, and then I have them come up and do some shared writing. After that, we like to get some wiggles out with GoNoodle.

I mean, who doesn’t love that, right? So once we get out wiggles out, we sit back down on the carpet, and it’s time for our writing mini-lesson. So this is the time where I like to do a mini-lesson. I’ll read a book typically, or we’re reviewing one of our mentor texts, and then I’d like to model some of that writing. Once we model it, we may do a little bit of shared writing with it, and then after that, we’ll start to make our way into independent practice. So during independent practice, I give my kids the option of sitting wherever they choose.

The majority of them like to sit at their table which is really funny. I like to see how my classes vary up, so this is a time where I’m walking around making sure that all of my kids are pretty much understanding what they need to be doing. Then I will make my way into my writing conferences, and I usually take it to where I can do one data binder during my writing conference, so this is where we’re reviewing some of their learning, and I can also make some assessments at this time during their data binders.

So at 9:35 on the dot, we line up so that we can make our way to specials. Today, we are making our way to the library. My kids absolutely love library time. So I get 30 minutes of planning time, and this is the time where I start to get myself ready for my reading workshop. I like to make sure that everything is ready to go ’cause once we get in, I mean it is gung-ho reading all the way, so I take out all of my items for my small groups. If you haven’t seen my Periscope on my small group buckets, check it out. It is fantastic.

Then I like to just go over my calendar, make sure I don’t have anything planned, make sure there aren’t any drills or any meetings that I need to be attending for the day. I’ll also make my way to my laptop, check my emails to check for changes in transportation or any other notes from my administrator. I’ll also go over my inbox. I like to make sure that I have everything as far as being copied, whether it needs to be cut or filed away, so this is the time that I do that.

And of course, if I have those copies that I need to make, I go ahead and make those right away. Something important to note that as soon as I make my copies, I like to put them away right away, so I open my 31 drawer system, and if you haven’t heard me talk about that, I am going to be talking about it in detail pretty soon, so I take all of those copies that I know I’m going to teach on a specific day, and I stick it inside of that folder. I’ll also take this opportunity to put any conference notes or anything I need to send to my parents that come from me inside of their mailboxes.

Then it’s off to go pick up my kids. So once I have my kids, we pretty much walk down, and we go straight to recess. Our recess time is at 10:10, so we make our way outside if it’s absolutely beautiful, and lately Y’all, it has been gorgeous in the state of Alabama. I think spring has finally shown itself. Once out there, I start tying shoes. So recess ends for us at 10:30, and we make our way back into the building, and we like to stop at the bathroom just so that we can wash our hands. When we enter back into the classroom, we immediately pull out our snacks. After snacks, my students go ahead and independent read until we’re ready for the whole group.

Once whole group starts, I do my mini-lesson, and typically, I do it beginning with a phonological lesson, and then after that, we dive into our book, and I start focusing on that skill and that standard for that week. My whole group lesson typically lasts for about 15 minutes. Once that’s complete, I let my kids go into a reading workshop, and I’m pulling small groups at this time.

Everyone else is pretty much working on their supercenters, their partner reading, independent reading, they’re practicing on some of their goals that they have for that week, so it just depends on the student. I also take this opportunity to do some assessments as well if I have extra time. At 12:10, we make our way to the lunch room. As soon as lunch is over, which lasts about 20 minutes, we stop at the bathroom, and we go directly to P.E. On this day, we had P.E. outside, so I was taking my days out so that they can go and play on the fields.

Then I take this opportunity for my planning time, which again lasts for 30 minutes. I come in, check my communication folder, and I go ahead and put all of the papers that I get from the office into my students’ mailboxes. I also take this opportunity to clean, clean, clean. It seems like that’s pretty much what I feel like I’m doing my entire break. I will also put away all of my small group items.

I don’t really take the opportunity to do that during my reading workshop because when I’m at the moment, I’m at the moment. I will also put away some of those assessments, check those, make any notes that I need to make for my students, and file those away. Then I check my email for any notes from parents or administration. I also take this time to start pulling any materials that I need for the next few weeks, so here I’m just pulling some materials that I know I’m going to be needing that are coming up within the next two weeks.

Then I take all those materials, and I file them away into my 31 folder system. Y’all, this system absolutely saves my life every time. I absolutely love it and cannot rave about it anymore. At 1:15, I’m off to pick up my kids. Once we get back into the building after P.E., I like to stop at the bathroom just so that they can have the chance to wash their face, wash their hands, because of y’all they are sweat teetering this time. Once that’s finished, we line back up, and we make our way back to our room.

Once we’re in our room which is around 1:20, we dive into math, and usually, we begin it with a song, so we start it with a song, we like to get up, get some of those wiggles out, and sing together. Then we go ahead and do our calendar, and Y’all my calendar is super short. It’s nothing special, nothing fancy. I talk about today, yesterday, and tomorrow. We log the weather for that day, I change my digital data, but that’s really about it as far as what my calendar consists of.

Then we will add a star for how many days we’ve been in school, and this is a time when I talk about patterns, we talk about counting by ones, by fives, by tens, and we also talk about place values, so this is where I spend a lot of my time during my calendar time. This portion of my calendar usually lasts, for me, about 10 minutes. After calendar time, we have some type of a math warm up, and this varies on a day to day basis. On this particular day, we’re working with revenues, so it’s pretty much-telling combinations of numbers, so I like to give my students a number, and they have to tell me what combination I have so they show it to me on their rekenrek.

So after our math warms up, we have some type of a mini-lesson, and typically mini-lessons will last about 10 minutes for us. On this particular day, our mini-lesson was extremely short, and it is something we already practice a bunch of times, so I skipped over our mini-lesson, we went directly into our Champ math rotations, so here, I’m just making sure that students are getting to where they need to be for Champ, and our math rotations typically last about 15 to 20 minutes.

Once all of my students are in their positions, I make my way to my small group table, and this is where I have my students that I am meeting for that day, so I only meet with one group a day for math. Usually, if I need to meet with them anymore, I pull them within that morning time that you saw earlier. And here’s a look-see at what my kids are doing during math, so you see there are students that are working in their math journals, that are applying some of that knowledge, you have buddy games going on, you have iPads going on, so there are various different things that my students are doing math workshop.

So right after math workshop, we like to sit back down on the carpet and have a reflection time, and this is where we’re just talking about the various skills that we were using during math workshop. I also like to take this opportunity to talk about some of those students that had some ah-ha moments, and then maybe some struggles so that we can kind of brainstorm together and think about what they could do to help some of those problems.

After our math reflection time, I dismiss my students by the table so that they can grab their communication folders and their poetry notebooks, so this is them getting everything out of their mailboxes. They lay their heads down, they take out their reading log from the day before, and they also take out their behavior chart so that I can check it. Once everything is checked, they can finish packing up, and they can make their ways outside so that they can put everything inside of their backpacks.

So once my students have everything packed up, and I do like to get packed up a few minutes before the bell just so that in case it does get crazy, and we’re trying to finish things, we’re not in a rush to try and pack up. So they place their backpacks on the back of their chairs, and they make their way to the carpet. For the last 15 to 20 minutes of the day, it’s my science and social studies time, so typically this varies on a day to day basis because sometimes, I’m taking this opportunity to do data binders, my students are working at kind of their enrichment period where they’re writing, they’re still reading, they’re finishing up supercenters, it just varies on occasion, so here, I wanted to go back over some of the material that we were reading, and I also had a short post for them to watch.

Y’all they absolutely love articles, and if you haven’t heard about Discovery Streaming, I would definitely check it out because it has some great post. Today, on this day, we were looking at a post on the thunderstorm because they had to complete a thunderstorm description for their supercenters, so I really wanted them to experience the sounds and what it looked like so they can kind of start building back some of that background knowledge or kind of channeling into their schema.

At 2:45, the end of the day announcements come on, and that’s typically when I start having my bells lining up, so first bell will line up first, then once they’re dismissed, and the next bell will line up, and so on and so forth, but this is also the time where I like to make sure that my students are all working together to make sure that our classroom is ready and set for the day.

I don’t do jobs because I want to make sure that everybody understands that we’re doing this as a community, that it’s not just one person that’s responsible for making sure that everything is put up, so folders are out, bowls are out, they’ve checked to make sure everything’s off the floor, and then they line themselves up for their bell for the end of the day.

Once all of the students are gone, this is the time where I start cleaning up some of my materials, putting away some of the things that I was using for teaching. I shut off my computers and my smartboard and just really start getting ready for the next day. If I have extra time, and I don’t have a meeting that I have to get to, I will definitely have to take a broom and start sweeping my carpet.

I know that’s crazy. We don’t have vacuums, but I sweep my carpet, and I’ll also sweep the floor because there are rocks, and there’s grass, and there are just various little things, and I like to make sure that my classroom is neat and tidy, and everything is just looking perfect and ready for my kids to come in and have a great start to the day. Once my whole group area is cleaned up, I work my way to my small group area, and this is the time when I start filing some of those things away, making sure that I have all of my materials for the next day, and I start putting all of the things that I’m going to be taking home into a nice little neat pile, so that I know and I don’t miss anything or forget anything when I leave.

I also pull out my folder for the next day, and this has all of my teaching materials inside of it, and I like to place that on my black table. Again, this is where I do a lot of my teaching, so I want to make sure that those materials are right where I need them to be. Then it’s time to change my data question, and I also change the pattern for the day and double check the number inside of their counting jar. This is what my students do as soon as they come in in the morning, so I like to make sure that everything is done and ready to go, so that in case there’s an emergency, or I’m falling behind, or something just happens, I mean you never really know, they are ready to go, and they have everything set so they can come in the morning and they can get themselves busy right away.

One of the last things that I like to do right before I pack up to get ready to go home checks my emails. Again, I just want to make sure that I have any emails that I need to respond to parents, anything from my administration, PTO, or just anything from my team members. Once everything has been checked, and everything’s ready to go for the morning, I can take my bag out and start packing away all of my materials. Remember my nice little neat pile that I was telling you about? Well, there it is. I have everything right there ready to get packed up inside of my bag so that I don’t forget anything. So once everything is packed up in my bags, my table’s cleared off, my emails have been checked, and the morning work is ready to go for the next day, I can start making my way out of the door.

So I hope you guys enjoyed reading a day in the life of a kindergarten teacher. This is pretty much what I do on a day to day basis except for when we have those crazy days where we have drills and performances that we have to go to watch, but this is just a typical day for me. I hope you guys had a great idea or getting a great idea of what I do on a day to day basis. If you have any questions, please leave them down below, and I will do my best to answer them, and as always guys, if you enjoyed this article, please make sure you give it a thumbs up, and I will talk to you guys really soon. Thanks for reading and follow Daniel. Bye!