Tonight I'm linking up with Miss Kindergarten. I had a chance to do some reflecting with this post and I think it's helped me to get even more mentally prepared for school to start. The Hubs is an elementary administrator. After I shared my list with him, he was so impressed by the linky topic he may use it with his staff!!
2. Every August you get a chance to do it better. I always teach like it's my first year because I'm always looking to be better than I was the year before. Hence, my blog name "Growing a Teacher."
3. Negativity is poison and it spreads. I try to avoid "Negative Nellies" because I don't like how their attitude rubs off on me and brings down my day.
4. There is no one strategy that works for every child. I once heard a young teacher say she knew what works and wanted her new teammate to do it her way. Wow! Dangerous words for sure.
5. Laugh at yourself in front of your students. It makes you human in their eyes and gives them freedom to make mistakes. Plus, it's a lot more fun!
6. Building a classroom family atmosphere is essential. I try to emphasize this from the get go.
7. Keep an open mind. About kids, parents, peers, new initiatives, etc.
8. Make your students feel important and let them know you care about them.
9. Ask for help. It's a sign of strength not weakness.
10. The journey isn't always easy, but it's so worth it!
What have you learned from teaching?