Monday, May 29, 2006

Highly Recommended

Here's an article that a new commenter, Mexx, pointed to.

It discusses the elusive rewards and various pitfalls of teaching, from the point of view of the author's wife, who's retiring after 31 years service.

Here are a few tips she offers:

• Never let them see you cry.

• Always follow through; always do what you say you're going to do.

• Always put it on them. She asks a hard student, "On a scale of one to 10, where do we stand on what it's going to take for us to survive together in this classroom?" She said the child invariably answers, "Six or seven." And then she asks, "What can I do to make that a 10?"

It's gratifying to have a teacher who takes an interest in your survival.

Don't miss reading the whole article.
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