“The term professional is one of the most
exalted in the English language, denoting
as it does, long and arduous years of
preparation, a striving for excellence, a
dedication to the public interest, and
commitment to moral and ethical values.”
– Hon. Hermogenes P. Pobre
“Teacher—you are a poet,
as you weave with your
colorful magic language a
passion for your subject.
You create a vast and
grand mosaic of curiosities
to imagine, secrets to
unfold, connections only to
begin the cycle of learning.
Teacher—you are a
physicist, as you bring
magic, logic, reason,
and wonder to the
and interactions of our
Teacher—you are a
maestro, a master of
composing, as you
conduct and orchestrate
and actions from
Teacher—you are an
architect, as you provide
each student a solid
foundation, but always
with a vision of the
that is about to emerge.
Teacher—you are a
gymnast, as you
gyrations of thoughts
and the flexing and
strengthening of ideas.
Teacher—you are a
diplomat and the
ambassador of tact and
sensitivity, as you
among the multiplicity of
cultures, beliefs, and
Teacher—you are a
philosopher, as your
actions and ethics
convey meaning and
hope to young people
who look to you for
guidance and example.
As you prepare for your
first day and each day,
Excerpt From: Wong, Harry K. “The First
Days of School.”
THE KEY IDEA:
school year will
be determined by
what you do on
the first days of
College professor Douglas Brooks
videotaped a series of teachers on their
first day of school. Looking at the
recording afterward, he made a startling
discovery. The ineffective teachers
began their first day of school by
covering the subject matter or doing a
fun activity. These teachers spent the
rest of the school year chasing after the
The effective teachers spent time
organizing and structuring their
classrooms so the students knew
what to do to succeed.
Many neophyte teachers have the naïve
belief that to be a successful teacher, all they
need to do is relate and be a friend to their
students. They rarely talk about standards,
assessment, or student achievement.
Entertaining students with activities is their
concept of teaching.
Teachers in the Survival stage have not developed
instructional skills. They spend their time looking
for busywork for the students to do, such as
completing worksheets, watching videos, and
doing seatwork—anything to keep the students
quiet. Student learning and achievement are not
their goals; they teach because it’s a job and the
paycheck is their Survival goal.
Teachers who know how to achieve student
success employ effective practices. These
teachers know how to manage their classrooms.
They teach for mastery, and have high
expectations for their students. Effective teachers
strive for Mastery by reading the literature and
going to professional meetings. Student learning
is their mission and student achievement is their
Effective teachers make a difference in the lives
of their students. These are the teachers to whom
students come back years later and thank for
affecting their lives. To make an impact on your
students, you need to use effective teaching
practices. A student learns only when the teacher
has an appreciable impact on the student’s life.
When you reach this stage, you have gone
beyond Mastery; you have arrived as a teacher.
The Four Stages of Teaching:
•Every student has a history – don’t assume
anything about your students, don’t judge,
don’t stereotype. Try not to take things to
heart – some students will test you and try to
challenge you – they are testing boundaries,
not necessarily being personal.
•Be flexible – if a “teaching / learning”
moment occurs, follow it up; if the students
are not engaged, try something else.
•Be passionate and enthusiastic in the
classroom – it will be appreciated by
students – show that you enjoy being with
them. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
•“Don’t sweat the small stuff, learn from your
mistakes (things are going to go wrong!) and
be open and honest with other colleagues
(talk about successes but also areas you
need help – get ideas!).”
•“Don’t go it alone! Find a mentor; someone
willing to share their experience and who
you can go to for assistance. You don’t have
to reinvent the wheel to be a great teacher –
there’s a lot to learn from other’s
•“Family School and Community Partnerships
really do strengthen student learning! Build
social capital and the trust of parents and
this relationship building will really assist you
as a teacher.”
•“Remember the kids need practice to
succeed, be patient, they will get it. If they
don’t, change your approach. Remember if
the kids trust you they will believe they can
succeed. Never give up!!”
•“Building relationships is paramount.
Learning just won’t happen without them. It
may feel like a distraction from learning to
show your care and interest in your students
but ultimately this is what empowers
students to feel comfortable enough to be
vulnerable in their learning!”
Students don’t care how
much you know until they
know how much you care.
•“Ensure you have a good work/life
balance. It’s so easy to get caught up in
work when you are a teacher. And have
•“Make time for yourself! You will want to
spend so much time on school work even
when you’re not there, but you have to make
time for yourself! Write it in your diary or set
a reminder on your phone if you have to!
•You will have so many things you want to get
done on your list, that you could spend
forever doing it! Prioritise and work on the
right work! What’s going to make an impact
on kids learning? The other stuff can wait a
•“Eat and drink well. Exercise. Make time for
a social life. Sleep. Recognise that you are
learning. Welcome feedback. Celebrate the
wins, even the minute ones.”
•“And make opportunities to celebrate and
reflect the smallest of successes, staying
true to your ever changing belief statement
of why you chose to enter what is the best
profession/ job ever.”
•“Learning should always have a purpose
and if you are excited and challenged, you
will love teaching whatever it is you are
teaching and the kids will also be motivated
•“Never stop being passionate about
learning. If you are positive and excited
about the lesson you are teaching, your
students will be too. And always appreciate
each and every one of your students, they
all have beautiful minds.”
•My daughter’s favourite teacher was her
grade 2 teacher end of day was always a
10min dance party. She also had a reward
jar. Good behaviour saw a marble added to
jar. Bad behavior saw one removed. Once
full class voted on a reward from a list.
Whole class became responsible for
behaviour. Whole class was happy.
•If children enjoy what they’re doing,
they will soak up all the information like
•“My advice would be to make your
classroom an inviting space. Have
some ‘ice breaker’ games ready to
engage your students and learn about
their personalities and friendships.
Establish a joint list of rules with the
Do I warmly greet each student?
Do I seek other opportunities to connect
with each student?
Am I well-prepared for class? On time?
Do I model patience and courtesy, even
Do I treat my all students impartially?
Do I challenge all of them to do their best
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