Want to plan a really exciting craft/science experiment/interactive game? Are you feeling excited about trying something new with your students?
Great! I’m happy that you are excited about teaching.
Now let’s keep it that way.
Before your bubble bursts take some preventative measures. Things often play out a lot smoother in our heads than they do in a class full of 25 children.
So the most important thing you can do before you teach that craft/science experiment/game is TRY IT FOR YOURSELF at home.
Why? Because this way as you are doing it you can imagine how your students will manage the task. Maybe cutting and gluing out those eyes is going to take your six year olds a lot more time that it did for you. Or maybe there’s an adjustment you need to make for your science experiment materials.
Either way, do it first and troubleshoot. Think of possible behavior issues that may happen, think of questions students might ask or possible confusions that may come up. And be honest with yourself as to whether or not it’s possible.
As the year goes on and you get to know your students there may come a point where you won’t need to do it first, but it’s always good to troubleshoot, no matter how well you know them.