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:
- Don’t run in the corridors. It sets a bad example for the kids.
- Don’t shout. Students don’t like it; it brings their morale down.
- Don’t be a jerk. Don’t try to pretend that you’re better than them. You’re not.
- Don’t be afraid to be a friend. You never know when a colleague (or student) is going to need some friendly advice.
- Don’t be afraid to give advice. Be gentle, then they will warm to you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t tell the whole school that you have Facebook. Just not a good idea, dude.
- 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.