Gosh...there's so much advice I try to tell our new teachers
Tip #1 - Wait Time - This took me a good 3 years to really get
Tip #2 - Leave at 4:30 - no IFs, ANDs, or BUTs....this took me a long time to get to. Ok...I still struggle with this EVERYDAY, but we have to remember we don't live to work, we work to live!
Tip # 3 - No Field Trips for Papers to Grade - this may sound silly, but don't take papers home to grade all the time. My papers usually just went for a ride in my car, or a field trip! By the time I got home, I was too exhausted to grade papers. I graded on my conference. To be completely honest, my students graded their papers, when it wasn't an assessment. This way they were getting immediate feedback. I taught upper elementary and middle school. I even let them occasionally vote to whether we took it for a grade or not. Of course, I still had the ultimate decision, but it is a great way to let kids have input in their grades.
Tip # 4 - Laugh with your students - I cannot emphasize this one enough. We spend hours a day with our students, try to enjoy them and the funny things that happen daily. That's what your students remember the most.