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Inspirational Thoughts for Teachers

Make today great for you and your students!

Don't try and be like other teachers. Be the best version of yourself!

A calm, quiet word with a student typically works better than addressing them publicly.

Effective school rules are clear, minimal, fairly applied, and have positive outcomes. Having clear, simple rules can create accountability within your classroom where students can support and depend on one other.

Many students with behaviour challenges have a negative script about themselves that plays and repeats in their psyche.

Teaching and learning in the virtual environment is tough! Students are disengaged, curriculum norms have been thrown out the window, timelines to return to school change on a weekly basis, and being honest... that *MUTE ALL* button has become our favorite platform feature.

Support and affirmation in times of "normalcy" build the relationship you need to address later issues.

By having planned, independent activities ready for students when they return to class, we can create the predictability they need to feel safe and give them something to look forward to when returning.

Some students like to argue. If we phrase our requests with a number of choices, it puts us in control of the situation, builds trust, and allows the student(s) a feeling of autonomy and agency.

Whenever a student asks, "Do I have to do it?!", my response is always the same: "No, you don't have to... you get to!"

Don't velcro yourself to your students. Give them time and space so they can learn to make good decisions.

If students don't learn the way you teach, change the way you teach!

Don’t close yourself off to new ideas because they didn’t originate from you or came from a colleague you might not expect. Lifelong learners are open to doing things differently!

Authenticity has no competition.

-John Maxwell

Sometimes we have to embrace change before we enjoy the changes that have been made.

Credibility takes time to develop.

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people

- The Book of Proverbs

Model the interpersonal work relationships you expect your students to have with one another. Everyone will be better for it!

Make a list of potential problems you might encounter in your school then write down how you will respond for each one. This will prepare you for a variety of eventualities and make you unflappable!

How do you want your students to behave? Model these behaviours with your colleagues.

Avoid becoming too close with the person who says “I’m only telling the truth/being realistic” or “I just tell it like it is”. Statements like these say more about their negative outlook than the situations they talk about.

The best classrooms have a small number of clearly stated rules, and every desirable student behaviour will fall under one of these three:

1. Be Safe

2. Be Responsible

3. Be Respectful

I am wary of a person who sees themselves as separate from the team they lead.

Positively stated rules and norms require a “call to action” and create a culture with mutually beneficial standards for all members of the classroom or school community.

Proximity means being close in location to someone or something. When addressing behaviour in school (or even at home and in the community), being in proximal location of others can have a desired effect.

Develop your "withitness"; your general understanding what your students are doing in the classroom regardless of whether you are near. This can be equivocated to having eyes in the back of your head. To read more, see "Withitness": The Secret to Being Brilliant.

Using verbal language might be a quick way of addressing behaviour, but it may have little lasting effect and your language and tone can become exhausting to students.

We all make mistakes and can fail to live up to our ideals when handling behaviour, delivering lessons, or working with others. Whenever this happens make sure you take time to forgive yourself, then change, if needed!

When we try and reason and argue with kids, we react rather than respond to their behaviour. It is important to remember that they are just kids!

Make sure that your discipline is just and suitable, and your consequences as natural as possible for the individual(s) who made a silly choice!

If a student is refusing to move from a situation, give them a choice for how long they can stay in whichever space they’re “stuck” in – 1 minute, 3-minutes, or 5-minutes. I find this to be helpful with students who need time to unwind, or to just be alone for a few minutes.

Go forth and be awesome!

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