Then, I started noticing that many parents no longer supported teachers. Not that they ever really did, but I always had a handful of compassionate and encouraging parents that went above and beyond to support me as their child’s teacher. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that number dwindle to maybe 1 or 2 parents each year. One thing I’ve learned in my career as a teacher is that your relationship with parents will make or break your year. It became harder and harder to keep parents “happy.” While I tried to teach responsibility; they were teaching their child how to make excuses. While I was teaching the latest Common Core method for solving math problems; they were teaching their child how to complain about why we don’t do math the “old way.” And so on and so forth. It became a vicious cycle. I was hurt one too many times this past year by parents who wanted to work against me instead of with me. I became very defensive when approached by parents about how or why I do what I do in my classroom – to the point where I just didn’t care anymore.
- Be your authentic self. Your personality has a tremendous impact on your classroom, lessons, teaching, and even your students.
- Be memorable. Watch students connect while giving them a glimpse of the real you.
- Build rapport on a personal level. This will result in a tremendously strong bond between you and your students.
- Look for daily life experiences outside of the classroom to enhance your lessons. This will make your instruction more relatable and meaningful for your students.
- Be your authentic self and don’t fight it. You can’t fake passion. Passion = Energy = Efficiency
- Figure out what passionate teaching looks like for you.
- Be a passionate person. Surround yourself with people and influences that inspire you to be a passionate person.
- Bring energy and enthusiasm into everything you do – inside and outside of the classroom.
- Re-energize yourself daily! Spend time with loved ones, pursue personal interests, and find a way to take care of YOU each afternoon that’s re-energizing. It will make a tremendous difference in your creativity level, attitude, and productivity the following day.
- Be aware of and plan to manage not only your time, but also your energy. Each day we wake up with more time, but not always more energy. Figure out how to manage your energy levels even if it means going to bed earlier.
You know how there’s some teachers that just seem to “do it all”? You know, that amazing teacher that seems to have life completely and perfectly balanced? You can probably think of one right now. Angela has the answer to how they do it all in her book. It’s actually a no-brainer, but I’ll let you read her book to find out!