A Teacher's Tale

A teacher's guide to life. Well, school life anyway.
It's hard being new. Of course, it is. Harder still when you have to memorise 80+ names by the end of the year. But then there's something that could help... From an unexpected source.

Rules to being the perfect teacher:

  1. Don’t run in the corridors. It sets a bad example for the kids.
  2. Don’t shout. Students don’t like it; it brings their morale down.
  3. Don’t be a jerk. Don’t try to pretend that you’re better than them. You’re not.
  4. Don’t be afraid to be a friend. You never know when a colleague (or student) is going to need some friendly advice.
  5. Don’t be afraid to give advice. Be gentle, then they will warm to you.
  6. Do joke about with your students. It’s not a crime to have fun on your job. Plus students really dig the effort of jokes, even if they are terrible.
  7. Don’t say things behind students’ backs. We all know that everybody can be a pain from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you can ask their parents whether the kid has friends or not.
  8. Don’t tell the whole school that you have Facebook. Just not a good idea, dude.
  9. Don’t be nice one minute, but nasty the next… And don’t give out mixed signals.

And most of all:

Don’t fall in love with students.

The End

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