Only once your students have mastered your procedures can you begin real instruction. They have a classroom currency system with monthly silent auctions. I change my hallway bulletin board maybe once a year, or whenever the girls with good handwriting in my 5th period have finished their tests early. But I still wish I'd never friended any of my current colleagues. And that's all I have to say about that. This meant that my to-do list was a little longer and that occasionally I'd have to take work home, but on the plus side, I got to be a real person.
If you're having a particularly bad day, make a list of all the awesome things you're going to do when you leave and commit to leaving as soon as possible after the bell. This eliminates two major stressors, at least for me: My kids learn a lot every year and I try really hard to get them to think critically and creatively, love reading, and believe in themselves and important things. I change my hallway bulletin board maybe once a year, or whenever the girls with good handwriting in my 5th period have finished their tests early. But sometimes I look at other teachers and feel like a big, gigantic loser. You will find out things about other teachers you wish you hadn't. Don't assume that teaching is going to be just like volunteering, babysitting, or any other role you've ever had with children. If you're kind without being firm, you're unstable and a doormat. But when I realized that I wasn't those teachers, but that that was okay, I felt empowered. I am not too worried about my students moving on to 8th grade without the real-world knowledge of how to participate in a silent auction. This never occurred to me because I was way more concerned with what my colleagues would become privy to in my life than the other way around. When I first realized I wasn't those teachers, I felt inadequate. Here at Love, Teach we don't advocate The Chokey. I think it instantly stuck because I realized it was true of the approach of all the teachers who have had the greatest impact on me. I think I'm a pretty good teacher. That's where they eat at least at my school. Some information might just be annoying or disappointing, and some may leave you feeling obligated to report them. They write their students handwritten letters for all major holidays including Arbor Day. Here's an example of what my list might look like. I've changed my boundaries since then-- sometimes I have to make exceptions when I'm behind or notice that something's not working-- but the process of creating and respecting boundaries is now just as important as the things on either side of them. As much as possible, post exactly what students are supposed to be doing and be as specific as you can. I decided in January of my second semester that I would not stay at school to work past the two-hour mark after the last bell, and that I would not, under any circumstances, work on Sundays. That has nothing to do with my blogging ability, but I just thought you should know. You probably shouldn't ignore another teacher's students outperforming yours by a point average, or every one of your students signing a petition for your retirement. These are informal detentions that don't go on school record, but can be used as documentation if the behavior continues. The way students enter and exit, when they can sharpen pencils, if and how they will borrow pencils from you, what heading they will use on their papers, what to do when a visitor walks in, how to ask to go to the bathroom, how you will get their attention quickly, how students will pass in papers, how to work in groups, how to demonstrate active listening, etc. Now, I say "about the things that don't matter" because there are times when you should compare yourself to other teachers and care about it.
Video about m y first sex teacher:
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