Share the best snippet of advice you've received from a teacher

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  1. Pisces_Fish

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    The best advice I've been given is to come to terms with the fact your job is NEVER over. No matter how much you plan, how much you grade, how long you stay, how hard you work....it's never-ending.

    I've also been advised to spend one year becoming an 'expert' in one area. My first year I gave reading my all, this year I'm really focusing on math, and next year I plan to focus on writing.
     
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  3. VANewbie

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    Becoming an expert is really good advice.
     
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    The most challenging child is the one who most needs your understanding and love.
     
  5. teacherheath

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    a simple one, but......always make sure you have sharpened pencils first thing in the morning. It's a simple thing that can help your day start out in a positive light!

    find things you really like about your challenging kids...identify their strengths...it can help you focus on the child as a whole child, can help them realize you care, etc.
     
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    There is no such thing as a problem child, only a child with problems...
     
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    I was doing my student teaching in a school that had a very unique curriculum, to say the least. An ophthalmologist funded the school, and the curriculum was centered on visual learning :)huh: huh, so much for differentiated instruction). We only had 1 textbook, which was just introduced that year, and I had just as much training with it as the classroom teacher. I was at a roadblock and could not, for the life of me, figure out how to teach curriculum that went against everything I had been taught, and was not even working within the classroom. The classroom teacher had to "sneak in" differentiated instruction.
    Anyway, I was looking for a different placement for the second half of my student teaching (we had a full year). Talking to/explaining my situation to my former teacher, now colleague, she said, "well, that's just asinine, and you need to get your asinine out of there!"
    She put me in contact with some teachers in a local district, and I loved the second half of my student teaching!
     
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    Not every day will be a "win." Don't beat yourself up about that.
     
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    When the rain starts fallin', let it roll off your back.
    Open up your beak and go Quack, Quack, Quack.
    Be like a duck.
     
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    Some sound advice on here. Becoming an expert is excellent along with children with problems not problem children.
    The best advice I received was "Be the student you want your students to be." It is on my desk and I read it every morning. It reminds me to always be ready and willing to learn, to accept criticism and instruction positively, and to receive praise with humility. It also helps me to remember I am educating children in how to be good people and citizens not just robots who can recite multiplication problems or pass a standardized test.
     
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    Don't smile before Christmas (when dealing with new classes).
     
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    Listen more than you talk.
     
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    Fair doesn't mean equal, but it does mean everyone gets what they need.

    If there has been no learning, there has been no teaching.
     
  14. Southernese

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    "If you find yourself in an argument with a student, you've already lost."
     
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    Some sound advice on here. I was told to never take yourself too seriously. It has helped teaching and other areas of my life as well.
     
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    Parents send us the best they have. It's not like they keep the good kid or the super smart kid at home. They trust us with their child and the education of their child. Do not take that lightly.


    SOAP---Safety, order, achievement, privleges.
     
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    Love it!!

    So good, Go 4th. Do we all have kids who push our patience? Absolutely!! It's imperative that professional educators ALWAYS remember that those kids who 'try' us are someone's light of their lives...again, I say children who need us the most are the ones that are 'those kids'. Comments about wishing kids would move or not be in our classrooms, or even worse, how 'some kids' don't even belong in our schools (!) have no place in discussions of professional educators.
     
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    I'm an underdog kind of person. You talk bad about a kid, it makes me like them even more! :) The worse they have acted in the past, the harder I try with them! :) I'm passive aggressive that way! LOL! :lol:
     
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    I really like this a lot... I've been struggling some because I feel like my mind is all over the place as a new teacher trying to get better at EVERYTHING because absolutely ALL areas of teaching are new. My district just sent me five books on loan about teaching, plus I have some English books and books on classroom management -- I don't even know where to begin??
     
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    On when you get really stressed out/overwhelmed and feel like you just HAVE to "let something go"- If you're doing something that doesn't benefit you or your students, that should be the first thing to go if you need to drop something (extremely detailed lesson plans to look good for observors, admin, etc.)
    There are several teachers at my school that spend hours and hours writing 1-2 page lesson plans for every single subject so that they can score highly for our performance pay rubric. In the big picture- it's just not worth it! You don't need those and neither do your students.
     
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    There is no such thing as a stupid question.
     
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    Sadly, that part is not always true...which is exactly why those kids are sometimes the most trying. :(

    It does help us to remember every kid has a life outside of school that affects their outlook, personality and behavior and sometimes that life is much worse than anything we have experienced ourselves.
     
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    Teaching is your job, not your life.
    Never do something for a child that he/she could do for themselves
     
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    I very much like both of these.

    For many users on this board in particular, I think that the first one is especially important. There have been a few posts recently where either teachers are getting burned out because they're trying to do a million things or they are sort of criticizing other teachers who don't focus on students 24/7. It's okay to have a life outside of teaching.
     
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    Don't take it personally.

    A lot of our interactions with people (students, admin, parents, other teachers) have more to do with what's going on in their lives at the moment and not much with the situation at hand.
     
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    Be flexible and document everything..even if you think it's something little.
     
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    Haha, my mom always says the stupid question is the one that's just been asked and answered. (ie a kid not paying attention and asking the same thing someone else asked 5 seconds ago). I'd have to agree with her on that one!
     
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    When I was in college, I had to interview a teacher and get advice. I will never forget it!!

    "Teach how you would want to be taught!"
     
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    I agree with you, sadly. All the students I've taught who have been beaten, molested, and neglected...I don't believe every parent sees their children as their world.

    Best recent advice: go home. I sometimes need to be told to stop working so much and so hard.
     
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    NEVER live in the district where you teach.
     
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    Hey there, I was (and still am) in the same boat! Three years ago, I was a first-year who was given 5 courses to teach. I was quickly overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information I was required to know at the HS level. Don't try to do too much, but focus on continual learning. I cannot state how empowering it feels to know your stuff inside and out, yet deep down I still don't feel like I've even scratched the surface!
     
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    :lol: I live in the district where I teach, but it's huge. When I switched schools last year I have never seen one of my students out, and it's so much nicer! what a difference 30 mins makes.
     
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    Always bring a plastic pail on field trips.
     
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    Don't share the same tissue box as your students.
     
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    Why?
     

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