FPMS AP Weekly Update

April 20, 2015

Important Dates this Week

Tuesday April 21st STAAR 6th, 7th, 8th grade Math

Wednesday April 22nd STAAR 6th, 7th grade Reading 8th grade Science

Thursday April 23rd STAAR 8th grade Social Studies

Thursday April 23rd Soccer vs CPMS 5:00

Friday April 24th AVID Site Team Meeting 4:15

Friday April 24th C Squared Spring Forum VHS 9:00-2:00

Friday April 24th Drama Club to Annie performance 5:00

Saturday April 25th 7th/8th grade Choir Festival/Fiesta TX

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.

What lies in the heart of a great teacher?

You are kind: a great teacher shows kindness to students, colleagues, parents and those around her/him. My favorite saying is “kindness makes the world go around”. It truly changes the environment in the classroom and school. Being a kind teacher helps students feel welcomed, cared for and loved.

You are compassionate: Teaching is a very humanistic profession, and compassion is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them. A compassionate teacher models that characteristic to the students with her/his actions, and as a result students will be more open to understanding the world around them.

You are empathetic: Empathy is such an important trait to have and to try to develop in ourselves and our students. Being able to put yourself in someone’s shoes and see things from their perspective can have such a powerful impact on our decisions and actions.

You are positive: Being a positive person, is not an easy task. Being a positive teacher is even harder when we’re always met with problems with very limited solutions. However, staying positive when it’s tough can have such a tremendous positive impact on the students and everyone around us. Looking on the bright side always seems to help make things better.

You are a builder: A great teacher bridges gaps and builds relationships, friendships, and a community. Teachers always look to make things better and improve things in and outside of the classroom. Building a community is something a great teacher seeks to do in the classroom and extends that to the entire school and its community.

You inspire: Everyone looks at a great teacher and they want to be a better teacher,

they want to be a better student, even better, they want to be a better person. A great teacher uncovers hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right bef