Do's and Dont's...

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  1. savvyedu7666

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    Hello, Happy Sunday!! Can anyone give me any advice they might have and want to share on the do's and dont's of teaching in general, especially for first year and/or future teachers? Thanks so much!!
     
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  3. czacza

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    Make friends with the secretaries and custodians.

    Have a clear, positive but firm, classroom and behavior management philosophy.

    Learn your curriculum.
     
  4. MrsC

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    Treat everyone around you--parents, students, colleagues--with the respect you want them to show you.

    Understand, and be able to explain, why you make every decision that you do.

    Admit your mistakes and learn from them.

    Be a life-long learner.

    Enjoy your students.

    Laugh every day.
     
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    Don't live at school. Go home at the end of the day and enjoy a few hours to yourself or with your family or friends.

    Keep your desk organized.

    Be on time every day. Be on time to meetings, too. (Some administrators keep lists of who is late....It's never good to be on one of those lists.)

    Ask for help when you need it, but don't expect others to do your job. It's not someone else's responsibility to plan for you or handle your discipline issues even if you're new. (We have a new teacher this year who hounds the others in his department for copies of their lesson plans and activities. He's not making any friends in that department because the others are resenting the fact that he never gives them anything, he just takes.)

    Drink a lot of water during the day.

    Eat a healthy breakfast and lunch that will keep you going.

    Keep mints or gum in your desk.

    Use hand sanitizer like it's nobody's business.

    Keep student supplies separate from yours. Set up a special area where they have access to a stapler, tape, kleenex, etc. Don't let them touch yours, and don't touch theirs except to spray on some Lysol.

    Take a multi-vitamin every day. (I actually take pre-natals because prescriptions are free through my insurance company. Why pay for an OTC multi when I can get a better vitamin for free? Plus like 2/3 of all pregnancies are unplanned, so it's better to be prepared just in case.) :)

    Find comfortable shoes. You'll be on your feet all day.
     
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    Don't hang out with negative coworkers.

    Enjoy your students.

    Be flexible.
     
  7. KinderCowgirl

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    Do have fun with your kids and enjoy your job.

    Don't expect to be able to please everyone (that took me awhile to figure out). There will be that parent or admin or colleague that doesn't understand or like the way you do things-you just can't please everyone.
     
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    PROOFREAD anything and everything you send home!
     
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    Watch out for people who come to give you the dirt on everybody.

    If the kids don't do well on something, it's not the end of the world. Don't blame the students and don't blame yourself. Just figure out how you can fix it and do it better the first time around when you teach it again.
     
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    DO: Walk on school grounds with a SMILE, a positive attitude, and energy to deal with the kiddos.

    DON'T: Spend too many weekends/after-hours at school. Trust me--I know it's easier said than done, but you'll burn yourself out if you don't give yourself a break!
     
  11. callmebob

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    Don't: use the word kiddos when referencing your students.

    Don't: expect everything to work out just right (especially in that first year)

    Don't: worry about parents so much; if you have to tell them what they want to hear, and move on (truth or not)

    Don't: take everything so seriously; what the kids do or all the menial things you will be required to do.

    Do: Find the teachers who are happy to hear you vent about all the negative aspects of the job. You will need that.

    Do: Use your lunch time to relax and not focus on work.

    Do: have fun with the kids; laugh with them, talk to them about things that are not school related, sing and dance in your classroom (when kids are and are not there), make mistakes for them to find, they enjoy that.

    Do: go to happy hour with your coworkers, important time for all
     
  12. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Why not? I do that all the time! :cool:
     
  13. callmebob

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    I know many teachers who do. That word makes me cringe. I don't understand it, it's not a real word. Why can't teachers just refer to them as students or kids?
     
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    I have a coworker who calls fellow colleagues "kiddos." Try that on for size.
     
  15. YoungTeacherGuy

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    In six years of teaching, I've never once called my 2nd graders "students" or "kids."

    I normally call them one of the following:
    1. Friends/My friends
    2. Boys and Girls
    3. Kiddos
    4. Geniuses (this makes them want to work hard for me)!

    We all have our preferences, though. It's whatever works for your taste, I guess! :cool:
     
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    Laugh with the kids every day. Remember they are children (even the teens).
     
  17. bondo

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    Treat everyone as if they are your teacher and that you can learn from them.
     
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    Great advice, everyone. I'm taking notes!
     
  19. callmebob

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    Why not? They are kids and they are students. I'm not sure friends is the best terminology. There has to be some distance kept, as well as authority, friends are on even ground.
     
  20. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Hmmm...sounds like you've probably never been a primary grades teacher. Now that I think about it, I have heard one teacher call his students "students", but he had been in the classroom for over 30 years and hated children (his words, not mine).

    Anyway, I highly doubt calling 7-year-olds "friends" is putting them on even ground. Haven't you ever heard a teacher say, "Good morning, friends?" C'mon now...give me a break!

    Either way, I'll agree to disagree! :whistle:
     
  21. callmebob

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    I guess one of differences was that I was writing about when I talk about the kids, not talk to them.

    But, no I have never heard a teacher call their students friends.

    When I am talking to them, I might reference "my students", I quite often say "guys" when refering to everyone. Or I will use the term class, or just say "okay everyone". Those are what I usually say when talking to everyone.
    I do have some students who I have gotten closer to than others, I would not say we are friends, but I have gotten to know them on a more personal level, still would not call them friends. That still baffles me.
    But to each his own I guess.
    I will still say, the term kiddos, makes me cringe. It's almost too...peppy.
     
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    Always check to see if you've hit Reply To ALL when you didn't want to!!
     
  23. YoungTeacherGuy

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    That makes sense! If I was talking about my students to another teacher or to an administrator, I'd say "my kids" or "my students"!

    I think we both misunderstood each other! :D
     
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    I think calling students "my friends" in the classroom is quite common. At my son's school, they use the concept of "friends" to reinforce positive behaviors. And when someone hits or bites they then say "We don't treat our friends that way."

    I find it a little...precious. But it's working and the classrooms are relatively calm spaces. Not much conflict there. So perhaps it's a good thing.

    My students are 17. While it's true that they are still children in some ways, they hate to think so. As a result, I never call them "kids."

    My #1 rule is: Don't Freak Out.
    #2 is: No Unnecessary Antagonism (see above, "kids").
     
  25. callmebob

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    Well you are working with students much older, that does make a difference.

    As for the "positive discipline", I think that is good to a point, but as a society we have begun to baby our kids way too much. Sometimes, kids just need punishment. They need consequence, they need something to fear so they wont do it again.
     
  26. savvyedu7666

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    WOW thank you everyone, this is really great advice. I will definitely follow this.
     
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    Don't pick battles you do not want to fight.

    Do be consistent

    Do work towards a behavior management system that fits with you.

    Do take breathers

    Don't think you can control everything

    Don't blame yourself for things you can not control.
     

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