Monday, November 5, 2012

10 Things Teachers [Should] Know

Another post lost in September, but will be brought back to life in November for NaBloPoMo and dgiwrimo!

I was reading Michelle's post 10 Things Entrepreneurs [Should] Know and obviously it made me think of teaching and learning. I think these 10 things can apply to any teacher no matter how long you have been in the field...(my comments are in blue). What else would you add to the list?

1.  You’re never finished. There’s always more to be done. Bigger plans, more emails, another phone call, scheduled meetings, surprise encounters…Researching new techniques, emails to read/reply to, phone calls to make, meetings to attend, parent meetings, conferences, grading, plans to create, etc. 

2.  You have to set boundaries. For yourself, your relationships, your time, your values, your abilities, your email checking. Prioritize, identify what is important to you, and rank your daily to-do list...Make to-do lists every week, prioritize, be part of positive conversations, don't like something...change it, don't complain about it.

3.  Everyone has an opinion. That doesn’t mean you have to take their advice. Listen, and take what works for you... Be an active listener. You can always learn something new.

4.  You’ll be scared and nervous and anxious as hell. Starting is scary. It doesn’t go away, but it gets better... After 17 years of teaching...I am still nervous/anxious about the start of school, but once it gets going I am loving every minute of it!

5.  You will fail. And you’ll fail hard. You’ll really f— something up, but you’ll learn from it and you’ll change it for next time...Yes, lessons will fail! The beauty...you will learn from your mistakes and the lesson will be even better.

6.  Not every idea is a slam dunk. That’s OK... It is GREAT to have ideas, but remember to be open to new ones too.

7.  Celebrate the wins. Even the really small ones. If you don’t recognize where you’re going and how far you’ve come, you won’t want to keep moving forward...When one of your students has an "AhHa" moment, you have an "AhHa" moment, you tried something new, a smile made your day.

8.  It’s OK to ask for help. It’s impossible to know all there is to know about everything that is involved with running a business. Find people who can help and don’t be afraid to admit ignorance... It's OK to ask for help. It's OK to ask for help. (get it)

9.  It’s a process. You learn to ride the tide. Sometimes it’s in your favor, other times you’re swimming in the ocean for what seems like forever. There will be another wave, you’ll get to the shore, and then you can swim back out and do it all over again...Identify the crazy times of the year and mentally prepare for them. 

10.  It’s OK. It’s going to be OK. You’re OK. What you don’t know is OK. What people think of you is OK. Be OK with yourself...Take a deep breath...it will be all be OK.

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