In addition to saving the world through education, I am also the Executive Director of Art as an Agent for Change. A.A.C. has won awards for its programming, and I’m always pleased to have an eager new crop of talented “Justice Leaguers” who want to use their art for social uplift.
I met with the league last week. We discussed plans and created a general framework for the coming year. I shared three basic principles with the group:
1. “I don’t believe in elections when it comes to student orgs.” I added, “Do you like your student government president?”
2. “This is the year of fear. We’re going to do everything we’re afraid to do.”
3. “Organizational management is the number one thing we have to do well.”
Every super hero should have guidelines and ideals that they follow. Be able to help others understand why your principles are the keys to the success of your group’s goals and objectives. Tell them the story.
1. About Your Expertise
No one cares about your expertise. Forming appropriate relationships with your students is the most important thing to do as a teacher.
2. Classroom Management
Read Harry Wong’s book and read it again. Follow the procedures then adapt, change, and evolve as a professional. Classroom management is the number one thing you have to master as a teacher.
Use the items that work for you. You will get a ton of advice from fellow educators and people that you know. Take what you like and leave the rest behind. I like Class Dojo. Use it to positively reinforce good behavior. Don’t use your Dojo to be negative.
Beg, borrow, and steal everything you can from veteran teachers. Then plan ahead, plan ahead, and plan some more. Anticipating and interpreting your students’ needs is the key to being successful. You are smarter than a 5th grader. Use your intelligence to your advantage.
5. A Friend
Having someone to talk to that you don’t work with and who is removed, very removed, from your educational environment is a great way to keep your sanity. You’re going to need to vent sometime, and a good friend, who will listen, is the key component to healthily airing out your frustration.
Heroes always plan for the future. Happy teaching!
Nice means you’re a push-over. The struggle to take charge and lead the classroom is an opportunity educators seize on the first day students enter their classroom.
The leaders we become to our students are often based on our past experiences. Some leaders rely on embarrassment and fear other leaders rely on empowerment and courage.
During my first day with my new students, I was asked if I was “nice” and I said with a stern face and hard eyes, “No.”
“I will greet each of you when you walk in the door. I will provide rewards for successful habits, I will actively listen if you have a sincere issue, I will also remind you that everyday will be a good day.
“‘Nice’ sounds like accommodate, accept, pass. I won’t be nice to irresponsibility, low test scores, no purpose, and excuses. I am a positive person not a nice one.”
Positive and proactive trump nice.