Today was my last day teaching after three years in the classroom (to pursue teaching in a different context). Here. This is what I’ve learned.
- Pick favorites. Every kid in their life needs the chance to be special to someone.
- It is actually really, really hard to discipline a kid you love, but you’ve got to do it.
- You will have least favorites. You will try really hard to like certain kids, but you won’t be able to, and you’ll fight feeling guilty about it for a long time. It’s okay. You won’t bond with everyone.
- Every child should not get a clean slate every morning to start over. At times, yes, but not every day. Infractions carry over. They do in life, so they need to in the classroom.
- If you can give a child a reason, then give a reason. Your default answer for everything shouldn’t be “because I said so.” Kids would be a lot less angry at the world if adults explained to them that the things they think are stupid actually have logical reasons behind them.
- Hounding a kid and advice-shoving (not advice-giving) have negative effects. Mix advice with space.
- Parents will actually screw you over more than their kids.
- Your kids won’t ever love that book or that poem or that speech as much as you do. Don’t let that take away from how much you love it.
- Don’t annoy your kids by “force bonding” with them. i.e. No child wants their teacher to eat lunch with them.
- Tell your kids when they do something stupid. When your child sticks a fork in a light socket is the time to tell them what they did was retarded. Better to be a retard now than when you’re 40.
- Before you say no, listen
- Don’t give the “teacher answer.” Give the right answer.