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Thoughts to Ponder about Teaching

September 23, 2011
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Daily teachers face challenges. It is important to take time to reflect and find real meaning in what we do. The following post reminds us that we are not perfect, but our goal is to do our best to have a positive impact everyday. Thank your for all you do for our children.

No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship of mutual respect. 

-Dr. James Comer

Build relationships with your students and among your students first, the rest will follow.  Building relationships must be deliberate with specific activities that result in the teacher and students sharing who they are, what they think is important as well as what we all have in common.  Stand at your door and greet each student individually. Get every student’s voice into the room everyday by inviting every student to share something in response to various prompts.

 

Keep in mind that your students will remember only some of what you taught them but everything about how they felt in your classroom.  

-Mara Sapon-Shevin

 Respect every student for each student brings a gift to your classroom.  Respecting students means listening to their ideas, being open to their questions and concerns, and believing that they all can learn at high levels.  If an assignment or an activity doesn’t work, ask students their opinions of why it didn’t work.  Teaching is a learning process!

 

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. 

-A. A. Milne

Organizing isn’t always related to stuff.  More importantly, organize what you are teaching in a way that makes sense to students.  Share the goal of the lesson with students and how the practice/activities they are engaged in move them toward the goal of the lesson.  Later, worry about the piles!

Nobody ever has it all together.  That’s like trying to eat once and for all. 

–Marilyn Grey

Teaching is hard—give yourself a break and celebrate every small success.  Take time to relax and to renew.  Set aside time for yourself and your family and friends, even if you have to schedule it into your calendar.  Ask for help, use resources, and do the best you can, knowing that with everyday you become a more effective teacher.

Teaching is about the students—from classroom to curriculum.  Keeping students in the forefront of everything you do is the key to mastering the art of the high school classroom.  If it’s good for kids do it.  Teaching is an ongoing process that one never completely masters because there are always new students, new curriculum, and new research. 

–Linda Carpenter, Jennifer Fontanini, and Linda Neiman

Thoughts to ponder was written by Dr. Linda V. Neiman.

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