I recently participated in a great message board discussion on linkedin.com in the Teachers Lounge group. The question asked was "What kind of advice would you give to a young professional teacher who just entered the teaching practice?" Here are some of my favorite responses:
*Keep one day a week to yourself.
*Enter a classroom very self-assured.
*Never stop learning.
*Get lessons ready early so you can think about them and improve them.
*Keep a journal.
*Be circumspect regarding "teacher lounge talk." (okay, I admit, I had to look up what the word "circumspect" meant. I teacher math, give me a break.)
*Be resilient, flexible, and tough-skinned.
*Praise in public, criticize in private.
*Teaching is not a profession for lazy people.
*Master the art of classroom management as soon as possible.
*Teach your students to be respectful and responsible.
*You must really love working with children and be passionate about teaching.
*Avoid threats, sarcasm, favoritism and pity.
*Always have a witness when speaking to parents or administrators or teachers when discussing students with whom you are involve
*Be very introspective.
*Be a life coach as well as academic coach.
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