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Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Of course it is hard to pick advice with a limited amount of time. If I gave my replacement just one piece of advice it would be to "cover yourself". Although this advice is best for a permanent replacement, it doesn't hurt a temporary replacement to practice the same. When I had my first industry job, I was given this advice. At the time, I did not know how valuable it was. At any given moment, you may be called upon to prove anything. Having documentation can save you (or your student), your reputation and your job. I am a firm believer in keeping good records. On a softer note, it proves helpful with things such as homework status reports when a student refuses to do an assignment. Having their signature justifies any 0 you may have to give, thus, providing a record to the student, parents and your administrator. Besides, with all we have to do, having these 'reminders' helps.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I would give my replacement their very own magic rock and advise them to expect greatness from the students.
A couple years ago I was having a rough time, I was not sure teaching was where I was supposed to be. During summer vacation I took a trip and while returning I encountered one of my former students who was also on vacation, he gave me a rock and told me how much I meant to him as a teacher.This rock is not pretty, not gem quality or unique . Matter of fact it is a common piece of gravel, just like we run over everyday and think nothing of.
So how is this rock magic? It is a constant reminder of that ONE student and all the other students that blend in to our daily life. It is a conversation starter, I have simply placed it in my hand during classroom instruction and all eyes center on it. Immediately hands go up. Why do you carry a rock? Sometimes I explain how many rocks we run over on our way to our destinations and how our movements shape the rock.I explain that we have the same impact on others around us. I also ask why did you notice that rock? What made it special? Amazing what the answers are.
Besides the magic ability to start conversation my rock has many other magic abilities. It has stopped children from crying and put an end to arguments. Now I know it sounds strange, and maybe even corny but this common piece of gravel has achieved greatness in that it was a gift, has a message written on it, travels with me daily and is a symbol of what happens when you expect greatness.
So my final message would be to always expect greatness from your students and keep the rock to help remind you that someone really cares.
Friday, April 5, 2013
If I won the lottery the 1st thing I would do would be to tell the administration that they have forgotten how it fell to be in a classroom with all the the hats we wear as teachers. The 2nd thing I would do would be quit and be on the 1st flight to a exotic island so I can be pampered like a king that I am. If I had to give some advice to my replacement it would be to tell them do not recreate the wheel follow the plans that are here but put your twist to it. I would also tell them to do not smile until after Christmas break and stay firm but fair on all rules.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
But wait, what about my Towers students and the replacement teacher? My advice to my replacement teacher is to establish an environment in the very beginning that is conducive for learning. Also make sure you cover the rules and procedures as often as it warrants. Additionally, my advice to the replacement teacher is to make the learning environment fun and a place where students loves to come.
Finally, my advice to my replacement teacher is to continue to encourage students to do their personal best. When a teacher can relate well with student's the entire atmosphere changes and learning becomes engaging. Most importantly, I would tell my replacement teacher to tell all of my students that Mr. Atchison love all of them and continue to strive for excellence in all you do and I will see you soon!