*As featured in a past edition of one of our magazines*
The ABCs of Teaching
Your job is to teach the curriculum, right? Sure—for part of the day. But when you stop to think about it, you also
play a wide array of other roles every day.
- Actor. You prepare for each class as if it were a command performance.
- Builder. You build in the wonder, the awe, and the fascination to inspire tomorrow's engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, politicians, and parents.
- Caretaker and caregiver. Many students excel because a special person helped them along the way: a teacher.
- Director. You're in charge of the whats and whens in your classroom.
- Enforcer. You're the one who enforces the classroom rules.
- Fighter. Sometimes you have to take a stand for what you believe is best for a child.
- Giver. You give of your time and of yourself—in and out of the classroom.
- Helper. Perhaps the most important help you give is helping students learn to help themselves.
- Instructor. Truly, this is the heart of teaching.
- Joiner. You need a support network, so you reach out to colleagues and you join professional organizations and community groups.
- Keeper. You keep track of attendance, grades, milk money, hot lunches, permission slips, line leaders, library books, mittens, and much more!
- Listener. Every day you listen to your students to find out what their interests are. Then you build these into your lessons.
- Magician. Learning is magic. As you teach students to read, write, calculate, and investigate, you unlock the magic for them.
- Nurturer. You care for your students like you would care for blooming flowers.
- Optimist. You see the good things happening in schools—even when the evening news says otherwise.
- Psychologist. You're a keen observer of kids.
- Questioner. You ask your students thought-provoking questions; then you guide them in searching out the answers.
- Role model. You let your students know that you care and that you believe in them.
- Strategist. A well-planned lesson helps you get your students' attention—and keep it.
- Tutor. You give your students individual attention whenever you can. You also find times when they can tutor each other.
- Umpire. You live by these watch words: you're fair, firm, and consistent.
- Victor. You celebrate your teaching victories, and you congratulate your colleagues on their successes too.
- Writer. When you have an activity or a project that works well, you write it up and submit it to a teaching magazine like THE MAILBOX!
- Xerox specialist. Who else can unjam paper, change toner, and make a ream of paper last for months?
- Yourself. Your students know and love you as a person.
- Zealot. You do your job with enthusiasm and energy—it's the most important job in the world!
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