Don’t neglect traditions

The duties of a teacher that pertain to content alone are plenty and more than enough to keep you busy. However, when you look at any Teacher Evaluation tool, you will notice that there are plenty of non- academic responsibilities that are included in a Teacher Evaluation. Whether you feel it is fair or unfair, this is teaching in the present day. Thankfully, there are some quick and easy things you can do to embrace those non academic responsibilities and help your students find success. One thing you can do is fill your classroom with traditions.

Pumpkin pie doesn’t seem right in July. The neighbor with a Christmas Lights in April may attract some attention from their neighbors. It is seemingly a sin to let a birthday go by without cake. Traditions add a special meaning to the moment. These moments don’t easily escape our memory because they are special. So weave these moments into the classroom experience for your students. Traditions not only help to make moments stick, they also work for making content stick. Don’t think too hard about what traditions you can establish in your classroom. They should be authentic and they should be a reflection of you and what is in your heart for your students. Here are just a few examples to get you started:

  • Establish a Catch Phrase to begin the class
  • Pause to celebrate student birthdays in a special/unique way
  • Develop a special greeting for each of your students
  • Get the students to help you generate a Class Confession that all students recite at the beginning of class

Please leave a comment and let me know what traditions you come up with or share the traditions that already exist in your classroom. Thanks for reading.


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