If work just isn’t seeming to work out for you, maybe you are focusing your attention in the wrong place.
Here is a list of the people in the educational world of your school who should get the most attention.
- Assistant Principal(s)
- Other Teachers In Your Department
- The Rest Of The Teachers
So how do we do this? Here are four areas that I have had success focusing on.
Develop basic social skills
Much of what I have learned about social interaction was learned when I was 21 years old and read How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
Trent from The Simple Dollar covers 9 social skills to practice here. ...
As a band director dealing with beginning band, a substantial part of my energy each year is spent on recruiting 5th graders to be in band next year. I have generally done a pretty good job getting kids enrolled in the program, but this year I began to look at it from a marketing standpoint. The results have been incredible.
We still have some more recruiting to go, but we have already increased the enrollment by about 35 from what it was at this point last year, and it looks like it may very well be more than 60 more students next year than we have this year. That’s huge. We still have some marketing left to do in the ...
An Alarming Trend
One of the things that I have come to realize is that, by and large, educators have a poor grasp of grammar and spelling. Maybe this is isolated to the United States, but part of me fears that is not the case. Since nearly all of my adult life has been spent in educational circles, I have no first-hand knowledge of other fields. It amazes me how often I get emails from secretaries, teachers, and even administrators which contain a remarkably poor grasp of the English language. The sad part is that it’s often not accidental. They reuse the same misspellings throughout the same email, or even repeat them in further correspondence.
But The Problem Is Deeper...
The time from spring break to the end of the school year often seems like a battle between students and teachers to see who is most ready for the summer to begin. One of the teachers I worked with in my first job was fond of saying, “When you look forward to Monday more than Friday, you run the risk of becoming successful.” I find this to be true in most anything. Success comes on the heels of both starting well and finishing strongly.
When you look forward to Monday more than Friday, you run the risk of becoming successful.Applied to the teaching profession, I have come to the point where I look forward to the beginning ...
No success will come from squandering time. Time is too precious to waste. The summer months and holiday weekend that we are afforded in the education business should not become an excuse to catch up on all the latest greatest movies and pack away the bon bons. Instead, these times seem to be best spent by analyzing where things stand with your current teaching position. What has worked so far this year? What will work better if I start doing it after the break? If it’s summer, how can I start out the school year more prepared than I did last year?
So what will I be doing over spring break?Another good thing to do is catch ...
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