Congratulations to all first-year teachers that made it through the year!
I’ve taken some much needed vacation. During August, I hope to use this forum as a means to look back at a whirlwind of a year and look forward to year 2. Let me start by giving a book recommendation: See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers by Roxanna Elden. It’s manageable (225 pages that can be skimmed quickly), unassuming, and specific. It provides advice about everything from useful classroom supplies that should be purchased to “popular [classroom] procedures that (probably) prevent problems.”
The book includes a nice list of “ten principles of successful living we all hope students learn from us.” I’m thinking this might be a classroom poster next year.
- Be where you are supposed to be, on time and prepared.
- Follow all steps of directions.
- Think for yourself, and do the right thing even when no one’s watching.
- Think about the future and how your present actions affect it.
- Take responsibility for your decisions.
- Search for solutions instead of complaining about problems.
- Show respect and expect respect back.
- Present yourself as an intelligent person.
- Produce a finished product that won’t need any explaining.
- Put more into the world than you take out.
Now I just need to return the book to the Math for America library after borrowing it for the entire year. Whoops.