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25 Things I Like About Teachers

1. On the first day of school, the teacher arranges the student’s desks in small groups and gives each group a team name. I love this, because five small groups work together better than one large group of twenty-three students.
2. On the first day of school, the teacher has a smile plastered on their face to make the students first impression a positive one. In fact, my child comes home and tells me how happy their teacher seems to be.
3. The teacher does not take it personally when the student complains about school. When I was younger, the parents and teachers blamed MTV. Thirty years later, I think parents and teachers can still blame MTV.
4. The teacher prints out every positive email from a parent and saves in a file. When that one parent complains to the principal about the teacher, a stack of praising letters will come in handy.
5. The teacher does a quick edit on writing assignments; gives the student another chance to clean it up, then grades the assignment.
6. The teacher informs the student on one thing that they should really work on, then mentions two things the student does really well.
7. Board Game Day!
8. No matter how old the students are, the teacher takes a few moments a day to read aloud to the class.
9. The teacher understands that the “A/B” students are going to be leaders in companies with influential products, while the “C” students are going to be creating and designing the influential products for those companies.
10. 20% of the class will cause 80% of the problems. However, the teacher spends time with every student in the class equally.
11. The teacher fills the classroom walls with the student’s artwork and writing assignments, rather than inspirational posters.
12. At the end of class or school, the teacher says something positive to the students.
13. The student’s name is mentioned in the classroom, in a newsletter, and on the teacher web site. The most powerful and recognizable word for that student is their name. When they see it, they are encouraged.
14. The student knows exactly what their grade is on any given day. Come report card time, the student already knows their grades before the envelope is opened. Throughout each quarter, the teacher had been crystal clear on the student’s weaknesses and strengths.
15. The student’s parents have a good idea what their son/daughter grades are, before the envelope is opened.
16. The teacher makes the student’s fill out a daily reading log, with time spent reading/pages read/name of book/student signature/parent signature.
17. Index cards are used to study for tests.
18. Cell phones, iPods, and other handheld electronics are taken away if used in school by the student. I have four children. If any of them are caught texting during class or in the hallway, I feel the cell phone should become school property until the end of the year.
19. Rules are enforced. Dress code and bullying are the top two. (Followed by cell phone usage.)
20. Positive feedback is emailed. Negative concerns are discussed face-to-face.
21. The teacher has a list of books with short chapters, to assist the struggling readers.
22. During a free moment in the day, the students notices the teacher reading a book. Even if it was for just a couple of minutes.
23. The teacher brings in guests speakers to enhance, encourage, and excite the students in a specific learning area. 
24. The teacher understands that children are going through a tough economy, just like adults.

25. The parents understand that the teachers are going through a tough economy, just like everyone else.

Bonus: At the end of the school year, the teachers and staff should play the students in a kickball game and defeat them 53-6. If the student’s persist on being treated like adults, give them their wish.

God Bless Teachers!

 

Ron Knight

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