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Today marks episode three in our three-part series on how Walt Disney would manage your classroom. In part one, we talked about creating a legendary layout in your classroom. In part two, we looked at how you can establish energizing expectations, rules, and routines for you and your students. Be sure to listen to those episodes before tuning into this one!
To wrap up this fun series, we’re focusing on the main reason why we all go to Disneyland in the first place. It’s something I love to call magic, love, and sunshine. It’s why we love Disneyland - it’s fun! We plan our trips with anticipation and excitement because we look forward to going.
You can foster this excitement in your classrooms too. We can learn from Walt Disney by creating our own magic and giving our students a reason to look forward to being at school every single day. But how?
First, think about Disney’s tagline, the happiest place on Earth. Why does that speak to our hearts so directly? It's because Disney intuitively knew something very special about the human spirit. He knew that at the heart of it all, the meaning of life is happiness.
So ultimately, whatever we can do in our classrooms to offer even just a sprinkle of joy into children's lives, hearts, and spirits, is what will drive your students to excel.
If you’re onboard to create this magic and joy for your students, but aren’t sure where to start, I’m here to help. I’m sharing the exact way that I brought magic into my classroom using a treasure chest and treasure map. Plus, I have ideas for you that will spark your imagination and help you to make your classroom the happiest place on Earth for your students.
If you are in need of more support with classroom management, download my free Ultimate Classroom Management Checklist. You’ll find out in 30 minutes or less how to bring order and imagination to your classroom. It will give you a clear path forward for the next steps you need to take towards creating the classroom of your dreams!
I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.
Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor
Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast, Beginning Teacher Talk, and creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at drlorifriesen.com and at howdogshelpkids.com.
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