Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rumerations after 10 years in middle school...

"What makes a better teacher?" 

The real question is "What makes a teacher better?"  I think those are two different questions.

Test scores?
Open mindedness?
Willingness to put yourself out there to others in all your (not so) glory?
Keeping your head down and eyes on the job?
Relationships-with parents, students, colleagues?
High expectations?
The good teacher?  The best teacher?  The fun teacher?

Finding a balance between work life and personal life.
Doing what you love because you love it, not because you have to <love> it.
Taking the students as they are right now, and guiding them toward their future selves.
Fail Faster, Fail Forward, Fail, Fail, Fail, because you keep trying.  Think Moonshot.
Give more feedback than grades.
Self-reflection. Another piece of mommy wisdom I am trying to impart on my 3 year old when she gets distracted while walking and almost runs into someone/something: "Remember where you've been; always watch where you're going."
Grow your personal learning network (PLN) because it's fun meeting other nerds like you!
Two heads are always better than one--name one successful person who has done it all on his/her own.
Accept the consequences of your actions, or inactions.
Be kind.  Always be kind.

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