January 18-22, 2016
Fifteen Reasons Teachers are Great! by Jill Hare, Editor TEACHING
(I see these things happening every day with all staff, even though it is referring to teachers. Thanks to all of you for making the difference with our students!)
There are countless traits that make teachers great. I’ve narrowed in on fifteen unique behaviors I’ve observed in great educators over the years.
1. Teachers can say everything without saying anything at all. Experienced teachers have perfected the use of the facial expression, and can say anything to a student with just a glance. With a unique eyebrow lift, a student (or an entire class) can understand “be quiet,” “be sensitive,” or “nice work.”
2. Teachers don’t accept failure. They try every angle and every strategy to help students learn and succeed.
3. Teachers care. Teachers love every student in their class, even the ones that are hard to love, and sometimes especially the ones that are hard to love.
4. Teachers are fabulous communicators. They love to talk and listen to students, to other teachers, and parents. They chose their words wisely and can say anything with a smile and a positive spin.
5. Teachers are adaptable. They can change a lesson or an entire class in a moments notice, which comes in handy when the fire drill or unplanned assembly interrupts.
6. Teachers are positive. They know the work is challenging, but they’ve accepted the task and know they can be an amazing teacher because their attitude is great and no one can tell them they can’t do something.
7. Teachers work hard. They don’t show up and sit behind a desk. They stand all day, talk all day, think all day, interact all day, and learn all day. The corporate world may not get it, but teachers are busy people. Returning emails and phone calls are luxuries our days may not afford. But the important stuff- the teaching- that’s getting done.
8. Teachers know how to take charge. Teachers have no trouble being the center of attention while making students laugh and learn. They know how to be the boss even using just a small movement or sound.
9. Teachers are creative. They can help students learn something a million different ways, with any object, at any time in any place. The hallway, the playground, and the even the lunchroom are places where important lessons and connections take place.
10. Teachers are humble. They don’t teach to be praised, but to make a difference.
11. Teachers are always thinking about teaching. They plan, they research, and they think about lessons all of the time. They write down lesson ideas on cocktail napkins or receipts when they think of something great to include in an upcoming unit.
12. Teachers are resourceful. They know how to make the most of a lesson with no money, no supplies and little time.
13. Teachers are organized. They plan lessons sometimes a year in advance. The room is organized, the desk is in order, and the plan is clear for the day because they’ve made sure of it.
14. Teachers stick together. No one understands or can relate to the inside of a classroom like another teacher. When teachers feel frustrated or challenged, they know talking to another teacher is comforting and helpful.
15. Teachers don’t take teaching lightly.They’ve been trained in a field with no pay and no tangible rewards. The emotional rewards of teaching? The satisfaction of teaching? Those are so great it makes up for everything else and then some. The joys of teaching can be so overwhelming that they know it’s one of the greatest professions on Earth.
- Safety Committee Meeting--Updates on the Fire Marshall and how it could affect our Lock Down Drills.
- 12:00--Case Conference
Tuesday, Jan. 19 National Popcorn Day! There will be popcorn for all staff members in the Staff Lounge after 10:30! Enjoy your treat! Thanks, Rick!
- 7:35--Grade Level Team Meetings--Grades K-2 will meet with Kris at 7:45 in the media center. Grades 3-5 can look at their new NWEA data. How are we going to use the data to create a new opportunity during these last few weeks prior to ISTEP testing?
- 7:00 p.m.--Couny Spelling Bee--Good Luck, Addyson Ritter! Great job, Lynden Chupp as Runner-up!!!
Wednesday, Jan. 20 100 DAY!!! 100 DAY!!!
- 7:35--SMART Start--School Improvement Plan-Meet in the Media Center to start our day and then we will break into our groups for more work.
- 10:00-11:00--ISTEP Test Readiness--Grade Five needs all IPAD carts, and both labs will be in use.
Thursday, Jan. 21
- 7:35--School Improvement Team Meeting--We will do a quick review of where we are and the next steps for our overall plan.
- 9:00--Building Principal's Meeting
- 3:15-7:30--Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, Jan. 22
- 7:35--RTI--Chris, Kris, Susan, Natalie, Colleen, Charlotte
- Off to the Circus!
- 2:30--Pow Wow