The Best Lesson Your Students Can Learn ABOUT You is…..

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted on my blog, but I think with a semester soon coming to an end and students preparing for upcoming assessments, we need to remind ourselves what is the most important lesson that a student should be learning from you when their time in your classroom is all said and done.  Honestly, the teachers I fondly remember the most were good people, and if you asked me if I liked them, because when they explained photosynthesis I really understood it or the teacher really knew how to instruct on quadratic equations, the answer would be “nope.”.  The teachers I found to be the “best” were the type of character role-models that did the following:

1). didn’t degrade, even when a classmate was behaving at their worst

2). didn’t accept mediocre effort either

3). consistent and didn’t play favorites

4). engaged with their job the whole time students were in their presence (no electronic device interacting over non-lesson based actvities); always in the NOW even during plan time and work days

5). behaved appropriately in their own private lives/more mature than their own students

6). knew all their students’ students names by Day 2/3 of meeting them

7). observed their students and learned each child’s nuisances and personalities

8). never did the same thing in class two days in a row and encouraged discussion, movement and variety in a lesson

9). behaved as if they actually enjoyed coming to work and genuinely enjoyed working with youth rather than appearing annoyed or bothered by the human beings they are responsible for

10). chose the teaching profession, because they wanted to TEACH FIRST

Is it our job for students to ace every assessment we give them?  Educational funding requires us to feel pressured to say “yes”, but if your student body can say they respect EVERYONE on the teaching staff, find them all approachable AND professional, then I think you have the best school in the country regardless of your test scores.  Not all geniuses are good people or positive contributors to a society, but great character is just that.  There are no negative side effects.