Monday, June 2, 2014

Top 10 Things I've Learned as a Teacher

10. When teaching a new concept, assume students know very little about the topic.
9. Children are all the same no matter where they come from. They all want love, acceptance, and boundaries.
8. It's helpful to have Ziplock bags and lunch bags on hand at all times. You never know when you'll need them.
7. Having a good "teacher look" will save you lots of energy.
6. Engaged students are much better behaved than bored students.So if they're misbehaving, chances are, they're bored.
5. Start the year with a discussion on tattling. Let students know what tattling is and is not. There will be a lot less tattling and a lot less headaches.
4. Get to know your students. Know where they come from and their backgrounds. Some need more love and self-esteem boosting.
3. Have procedures for EVERYTHING.
2. Before letting students work independently, tell them your expectations.
1.  Breathe. They're only 7.

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