What is Your Teaching Credo?

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    So I was reading the lastest Instructor magazine and they had a page of these and I thought it was interesting. For example I have often referred to Teddy Roosevelt's: "do what you can, with what you have, where you are". Or one I discovered from that article that I really, really like: "light the corner where you sit" (I'm going to remember that for our pre-service meetings).

    So what's your credo this year?
     
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  3. Em_Catz

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    "Teach as I would want to learn" = academic credo

    "Treat the students the way I would have wanted/needed to be treated as a child." = behavior
     
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    "In this volatile business of ours, we can ill afford to rest on our laurels, even to pause in retrospect. Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future." —Walt Disney

    OK, kind of long for a credo.

    Somewhere between that and

    "Every child is some mom's whole world."
     
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    "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire"... Yeats
     
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    First do no harm... :)

    I heard another good one today at a workshop: Be true to why you got in to teaching. We're here for the kids.
     
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    I'm not! I'm in it for the short hours, long holidays, and big pay!!! ROFL!! Just kidding.

    Good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. ~Bob Talbert

    A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. ~Author Unknown
     
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    My signature...
     
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    Love this!
     
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    Dream out loud.
    -Bono
     
  11. heavens54

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    I found this mid year last year when I was trying to deal with a difficult student and it helped me immensely;

    "I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn." Albert Einstein.

    It changed everything for me. It was the quote that I needed to be a better teacher...

    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
     
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    I saw the same article and liked what Walt Disney said. "Laughter is not an enemy to learning."
     
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    More credos???
     
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    In my teaching portfolio, I compare kids to deep sea vent worms.
     
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    I think this year, because my class is quite testing and somewhat annoying, my credo should be:

    When they say/do something stupid, count to 10 before saying anything.
     
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    Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world. Maria Montessori (1870–1952) Italian physician, educator, philosopher, humanitarian.
     
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    This year I am going with, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

    I've reached a point where the test prep and all that stuff has worn me down and mad me very sad. I've decided that I will make changes in my own classroom to put the focus back on creativity, inquiry and wonder in learning.
     
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    Ok I have to ask...how are kids like deep sea vent worms??? :confused:
     
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    I have a photo of a black smoker at the top of my philosophy page, and I say that I chose the photo because just as there are unimaginable new discoveries in science, each student is full of undiscovered "deep sea potential" and talent.

    So, yeah. You never know what's down there until you go looking. And teachers had better be looking! :lol:
     
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    "If you think you can, or if you think you can't -- you're right."
     
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    I guess the most important thing my mum ever taught me is how I live my life and also relates so well to the children.

    You never know how well you will do, so give it a go, you might be good at it. (ie, don't assume you can't - assume you can)
     

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