Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y, Quality Teachers Do it Right!
We all want to be the best teachers we can be for our students. One great way for us to do that is to lead by example. We expect our students to behave a certain way and we can reinforce that by demonstrating it ourselves. This post is inspired by our FREE song, Quality Students, that is available by clicking below:
We are Q, Quiet When We Need to Be:
U, Understanding Toward Others:
A, Awesome in EVERY Way:Edutopia and Mindshift are a couple really great ones! Most importantly, we want to always be striving in our classrooms, finding better ways to teach, understand, and foster lifetime learning.
L, We Love to Learn:
I, We are all Important:
T, Team Working Together:
We and our students are a team. We work together to achieve the goal of teaching students and giving them the tools to reason, explore, empathize, and determine for themselves. It's easy as adults for us to forget that kids are often smarter than we give them credit for. We want them to succeed, and unintentionally cripple them. The most important skill to ensure a team's success is communication. We communicate with our students regarding our expectations and they communicate with us. We work as a team to establish boundaries that ensure a positive classroom environment and encourage learning. For example, rather than saying, we don't call each other names, we say "we want everyone to feel good about themselves in this classroom." You can obviously differentiate the language based on the age group. For older grades, I would encourage you to see what rules they come up with completely on their own. They might surprise you. Once you come up with a plan as a team, about how to promote success in the classroom, the students will feel personally responsible when implementing it, and may respond more genuinely when they violate one of the agreements brought forth by the plan.
Y, It's Up to You. You Can Be a Quality Teacher Too!
Now that you've been presented with these ideas, you can choose to implement them or not. Join the conversation. Let us know what you think of our ideas, or share with us if you have more. Our hashtag on Twitter is #STThrive to help students thrive in the classroom. All we ask is that your comments be respectful. As quality teachers, we love to learn :).
Have an awesome week!