For many of you, today was your first day back in the classroom after a delightful spring week (or maybe two) off. Your students could fall at either end of the spectrum: tired, mopey, and unmotivated -OR- wound-up, scatterbrained, and all over the place. Either way, it can be tough to settle back into the swing of things. The last stretch of the school year is officially upon you, and not only are you faced with keeping rambunctious students focused and motivated, it's just as important (if not more so) to keep yourself motivated. After all, your students definitely pick up on your vibe!
We wanted to give a shout-out to our awesome Eastern Virginia Team. Yesterday, April 18th, the local Source4Teachers staff held a substitute appreciation event at Bethel High School in Hampton, VA. With another successful school year winding down, the team encouraged substitutes from four local school districts to stop by and enjoy some festivities. In conjunction with the event, the team hosted a food drive – and we were blown away by the level of participation!
About 150 substitutes attended the event, and contributed bags upon bags of food to donate. 67 substitutes participated in our Bloodborne Pathogen training in preparation for the 2017/18 school year. The food was later dropped off at Newport News’ South Morrison Center, benefiting students and their families. Check our some photos from the event and delivery below!
Since April is World Autism Month, and we work closely with students with autism every day, we wanted to kick off the month promoting awareness and raising money for Autism Speaks. Corporate employees of Source4Teachers and MissionOne proudly donned blue apparel and puzzle piece ribbons to Light it Up Blue for autism. All last week, we collected donations with the goal of raising $1,000. We're so proud of all the generous employees that got behind this initiative. We not only met our goal – we surpassed it! On Friday evening, we submitted a donation of $1213.50 to Autism Speaks.
Each month, we're giving away more than $1,000 worth of prizes to some lucky employees who meet or exceed certain work frequency and performance qualifications. We want to reward our most dedicated people with an opportunity to win something big! We're excited to announce the winners of our March Raffle!
Many of the support staff we rely on each day at Source4Teachers and MissionOne work closely with students with autism. Since World Autism Day (April 2nd) falls on a Sunday this year, our office used Friday to acknowledge the compassionate work these employees do each day and support a cause that continues to grow in scope and importance.
As a general rule, children tend to be busy bodies. They worry themselves with what their classmates are (or are not) doing, they pick on each other, they tattletale nonstop, and sometimes they even have wandering eyes when taking a test. These behaviors can cripple the productivity of your classroom, and not to mention – really get on your nerves! So what can you do to help your students focus on themselves instead of their peers?
Whether you're a full-time teacher or a substitute, chances are you've received some notes of adoration and refrigerator-worthy artwork from a student. It doesn't take long to work your way into the hearts of your students – you never know which of your actions might leave a lasting impression or gain you a personal fan club.