Friday, August 23, 2013

Twenty Helpful Attitudes for the Start of School

The start of school is more than just moving desks and trying to figure out how to cover the curriculum. Because we teachers create the climate in our classrooms, it is up to us to make sure that we adopt constructive attitudes to make the first few weeks of school run more smoothly for everyone. Here are twenty of the easiest and most productive positive attitudes than can help your school year get off to a great start.

  1. Plan as much of your day as you can. Taking control of how you spend your time at school will ease your stress levels.
  2. You do not have to be the world’s best teacher all the time. You just have to be a very good one. 
  3. Spend your energy on large problems first and allot less of your energy for the small ones. Choose to deal with the problems that will give you the greatest benefit right away. 
  4. You don’t have to know all the answers. 
  5. Problems can move you forward when you choose to work to solve them. Don’t just react to problems; use them to your advantage.
  6. Make room for more emotional energy. Ask for help when you have a problem. 
  7. Believe in yourself. You know what you’re doing. When you have doubts, follow the advice in the previous bullet.
  8. It’s not a problem, it’s a challenge. Sometimes it can be a very big challenge, though.
  9. Don’t underestimate your students. They are capable of much more than you think they are.
  10. Avoid negative people. Better yet, try not to be one of those negative people you are supposed to avoid.
  11. Small strategic steps will often succeed where misguided leaps fail. Slow and steady...
  12. Never forget why you became a teacher. Write it down and put it where you can see it every day.
  13. It’s your classroom. Own it. What happens there is up to you.
  14.  Being optimistic doesn’t mean that you don’t have problems. A positive attitude means that you are working on a solution.
  15. Make sure you have something fun to look forward to. Better yet, make sure your students have something fun to look forward to.
  16. You don’t teach a class. You teach complex, living, breathing people.
  17. Cherish your students. Even the worst-behaved ones have redeeming qualities. 
  18. Carpe Diem! When a teachable moment comes along, TEACH!
  19. Small attitude changes often create bigger patterns of success. 
  20. Be deliberate in your actions. Think before you speak. Think before you act. You will save yourself a great deal of trouble.

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