1. Take control of your class early on with discipline, structure, and rules.
2. Be VERY consistent. It makes their life easier and YOUR life easier.
3. Give them EVERYTHING in writing and have them sign for everything. You will appreciate this later.
4. Plan to teach them bell to bell, but know that sometimes you may run out of steam. Have a backup for those times when your brain turns to mush.
5. Know that not everyone will share the same passion for video as you. Think of this as just opening their eyes to video. Some students will run with this, and some will run FROM it. Take neither personally.
6. Do NOT agree to do any extra work no matter how many times other instructors will tell you that everyone will benefit. Stay focused on your program and establish your program.
7. Get key parents involved early on and contact them monthly on the progress of their child and the progress of your program.
8. Always keep your program moving forward and embrace new technologies.
9. Charge a lab fee for incidentals.
10. Challenge the students each and every day.
11. Show them your work and explain how YOU learned video production.
12. Take time for yourself during the day to get out of the studio and just walk around. There's more to teaching than teaching. Learn the culture of the school and embrace it, or not!
13. Plan that sometimes your lesson will bomb. Admit it, move on, and do not look back.
14. Implement a way to keep track of all the equipment and check it daily. Things walk in school!
15. Encourage students.
16. Take time to sit with a student and teach them if they are open.
17. Take those students that get it and work with those students to set an example for the others.
18. Do not settle for mediocrity in their work. Criticize them when they do poorly. Praise them when they do well.
19. Run the studio like you own it.
20. Lead by example!