Well, here we are, more than a week after MSC 2019.
If you are anything like me, you are pumped, energized, and maybe even a little anxious to get back into the classroom, reeling from all of the information you took in, and wanting to put it into action! But what strategy should you try first? What method is going to work best with your students?
As that excitement starts to creep in and planning for the start of the school year begins, it may seem a bit nerve-wracking to step up to the plate and make changes. Below are some tips that I found helpful at the end of my first MSC and when planning for implementation. So, without further ado, here are my top five tips on what steps you should taking following the Model Schools Conference.
Tip #1: Pick One or Two Methods to Focus on in the Beginning
If you sat in every session that MSC offered this year, you probably walked away with 10 to 15 different strategies, methods, and ideas of ways to promote success in classrooms. Seeing as how we are all educators who constantly look for ways to improve, we just got a plethora of hot ideas. And they have been applied by the speakers, so we know they work!
But here is the thing: We can’t focus on all of them right out of the gate. My advice is to start with just one or two methods to implement immediately. It takes time to grow a culture where all of them will work, and that culture growth includes us. As we grow within our classrooms, we can add more to our plates, but we need that acclimation time.
As you become more comfortable with these one or two methods, slowly add more in. If we try to immediately implement all these findings, chances are we'll become overwhelmed and ultimately unsuccessful because it is too much at once. By giving each one of these strategies, methods, and ideas time to grow and take root in our daily regimens, they become part of that culture, and therefore take stronger root and build themselves more solidly into our rooms. As we “perfect” (Is that really even a thing in education—perfect? I think not!) the one or two things, add in another and another. This process slowly reforms our classrooms but does so successfully.
Tip #2: Connect With Your Network Group Now
In my first blog, I highlighted the importance of building a network. Almost every session I sat in examined how important this is because, well, it is!
Let me give you an example—yes, I am on Twitter, and I know this is the way of the world, but I still love Facebook. Last year I connected with a lot of attendees via Facebook. I follow education pages like ICLE, MSC, HMH, and a wealth of other educators and groups. One of the awesome things that started happening is my feed became education-centered and it was all so positive. I love going through my feed now because these people and groups I connected with keep me highly motivated to grow. So, make those connections now. Don’t wait until you have a question about methodologies or issues with implementation or the like. Send those emails to fellow attendees, follow those pages, connect with the speakers!