24 Simple Rules All Teachers Should Live By

One of the best things about teaching is that there is not an exact blueprint for success. In general, no two teachers are alike. Each has their own teaching style and classroom management routines. But while there is no blueprint for teaching, there is a certain code that teachers must live by if they want to be successful.

The following list is a general set of rules that every teacher should live by. These rules encompass all facets of teaching, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Rules for Teachers

  1. Always do what you believe to be best for your students. They should always be your number one priority. Think, how does this benefit my students? If that question is difficult to answer, you may want to reconsider.
  2. Focus on establishing meaningful, cooperative relationships. Building strong relationships with your students, peers, administrators, and parents will ultimately make your job easier.
  3. Never bring your personal problems or issues into the classroom. Leave them at home. Your students should never know when something at home is bothering you.
  4. Be open and willing to learn at all times. Teaching is a journey that will provide many opportunities to learn. You should strive to improve your teaching each and every day, even when you’ve been in the classroom for years.
  5. Always be fair and consistent. Your students are always watching to make sure you are doing this. You will undermine your own authority if they believe you are playing favorites.
  6. Parents are the cornerstone of a great education, and as such, teachers must do their part to engage even the most reluctant parents in the learning process. Provide plenty of opportunities for parents to become involved and encourage them to do so.
  7. A teacher must never put herself or himself in a compromising situation. Teachers must always be aware of their situation and never allow themselves to be vulnerable. They must maintain self-control at all times, protecting themselves and their reputation.
  8. Respect the decisions of administrators and understand that they have many responsibilities. Teachers must have a great working relationship with their administrator but respect the fact that their time is valuable.
  9. Take the time to get to know your students. Find out what they like to do and include their interests in your lessons. Establish a rapport and connection with them, and you will find that engaging them in your lessons becomes easier.
  10. Establish rules, expectations, and procedures beginning on the first day of school. Hold your students accountable for their actions. You do not have to be a dictator, but you do need to be firm, fair, and consistent. Keep in mind that you are not there to be their friend. Your students need to know that you are in always in charge.
  11. Always be willing to listen to others, including your students, and take their feedback into account. You can learn the most when you are willing to take the time to hear what others are saying. Be open-minded and willing to take their advice.
  12. Own your mistakes. Teachers are not perfect, and it doesn’t help your students to pretend that you are. Instead, set the example by owning your mistakes and showing your students that mistakes can lead to learning opportunities.
  13. Work cooperatively with other teachers. Always be willing to take another teacher’s advice. Likewise, share your best practices with other teachers.
  14. Find time outside of school to decompress. Every teacher should have some sort of hobby or interest that can help them escape the daily grind of school.
  15. Always be willing to adapt and change. Teaching is always changing. There is always something newer and better to try. Try to embrace change instead of resisting it.
  16. Teachers must be flexible. Some of the best moments in teaching are born out of spontaneity. Take advantage of those teachable moments. Be willing to change your plans when another opportunity presents itself.
  17. Be your students’ biggest cheerleader. Never tell them that they cannot do something. Help them accomplish their goals by setting them on the correct path and nudging them in the right direction when they go astray.
  18. Protect your students at all cost. Always be aware of your surroundings and ensure that your students are safe and secure at all times. Practice safety procedures within your classroom at all times and never allow students to engage in reckless behavior.
  19. Take a cue from the boy scouts and always be prepared! Preparation may not necessarily guarantee success, but the lack of preparation will almost certainly ensure failure. Teachers must put in the necessary time to create meaningful lessons that engage students.
  20. Have fun! If you enjoy your work, your students will notice and they will have a more enjoyable experience as well.
  21. Never purposely embarrass or put down a student in front of their peers. If you need to discipline or correct a student, do so privately in the confines of the hallway or after class. As a teacher, you need your students to trust and respect you. Give your students a reason to do this.
  22. Go the extra mile when you can. A lot of teachers volunteer their time for things like tutoring struggling students or sponsor a group or activity. These small actions mean a lot to your students.
  23. Never fall behind in grading and recording. It can be an overwhelming and almost impossible endeavor to try and catch up. Instead, set a goal to grade and return every paper within a two- to three- day period. This not only makes your job easier but also provides students with more relevant and timely feedback.
  24. Always be aware of and adhere to local policies and procedures. If you are not sure about something, it is better to ask and be sure than it is to make a costly mistake. As a teacher, you are responsible for ensuring that your students are following them as well.

Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/rules-teachers-should-follow-4120807

Teachers: Don’t Let the Year End Without Asking Yourself These 6 Questions

As the calendar year comes to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on our teaching practice. Teachers often focus on what we didn’t get done, what we still have to do, and the mistakes we’ve made along the way. This can quickly lead to burnout. It’s time to flip your reflection game and examine what’s going well, and how to maintain your best practices. Here are six questions to consider as we approach the second half of the school year.

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  1. What successes did I have this year?

It’s easy to focus on the things you wish went better or the projects you didn’t finish, but surely you’ve had some awesome successes this school year. A great lesson, a fun class, connections with students, or an improved relationship. Push yourself to think about the things that did go well without qualifying or discounting them with failures or doubts.

  1. How have I improved my practice?

Just as we teach our students to continuously improve, grow, learn, and change, so must we as educators. We are always growing as professionals, as educators, and as people. In the last four months of school, what have you gotten better at? Perhaps you’ve learned how to manage your classroom better during challenging moments. Or perhaps you’ve improved your lesson-planning abilities. Embrace a continual growth mindset. Look back and figure out how you’ve grown and then consider what steps you can take moving forward.

  1. What was the best moment of the school year so far, and how can I have more moments like it?

Four months includes a lot of school days filled with important moments. What were some of the best? A rewarding moment with a student, the day your class understood something new, a hilarious classroom memory, a good meeting with colleagues? What were your best moments and how can you work to create more of them for the rest of this school year? How can you work to improve the school culture for you, your colleagues, and your students?

  1. How do I personally support my colleagues and the mission of the school?

Teaching is so overwhelming that worrying about our own workload is sometimes all we can manage. But the truth is, we’re all in it together. Colleagues must support each other and work together to improve the student experience. In the last few months, how have you supported your fellow educators and your school’s work? How can you best contribute moving forward?

  1. What do I do for myself each week and what do I need?

Self-care is simply not optional for teachers. In order to continuously give so much of ourselves to this work, we must also take care of our mind, body, and spirit. Grading and planning will always be there, but your health demands regular attention.

Look back and examine what healthy habits you have integrated into your life each week. Are you managing to get enough sleep? Maintaining healthy eating habits? Living with a strong work/life balance? Socializing with friends? Now, look ahead and see where you might need to improve your self-care habits for the months to come.

  1. How am I doing with communication?

So many of the frustrations felt by school staff members are rooted in communication issues. Ask yourself how you are communicating your needs and actions to those in your community. Are you expressing yourself well? Are you keeping people informed? Are you asking questions when needed? Are you avoiding negativity and gossip? How can you help your school communicate better in the next few months? While communication is a two-way street, you can “be the change” because all of those little choices we make each day really add up.


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8 Ways Dating Is a Lot Like Teaching

Dating and teaching have more in common than you might think. When you’re in the classroom, you’re not just teaching. You have to be resourceful, quick on your feet, interesting, entertaining, supportive, firm but fair, a life coach, a stand-up comedian, a friend and mentor, and more. Dating can be similarly chaotic—and it’s not always fun. Let me explain:

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  1. Dates never seem to start on time.

Week after week of counting students tardy prepares you for the date who said they were five minutes away half an hour ago—just make sure to let them know that three late marks equals an absence.

  1. Parents get involved way too early.

Something teaching and dating definitely have in common is that when parents get involved, it usually gets weird. Just put on your best smile. You’ve been handling helicopter parents for years.

  1. Cell phones get more attention than you.

Hi? Hello? I’m over here. And I will not be ignored. So yeah, just hand over the phone, pal. You can get it back after dinner.

  1. The excuses for missing something or canceling are outrageous.

Oh, they have to cancel because they’re feeling really hungry and they need to eat, and that’s why they can’t make it to dinner with you? Yeah, that sounds familiar. Maybe next week the dog will eat their cell phone, and that’s why they won’t call. You’ve definitely heard all of these before—from your seventh graders.

  1. Dates go to the bathroom and take way too long to come back .

You start to wonder if maybe they did the old climb-out-of-the-window-in-the-bathroom trick. Anyone get that same feeling when their second graders are gone from the room too long, like maybe they’re lost and it’s all your fault? No? Just me?

  1. When no one pukes or cries, that counts as a success.

Honestly, after some dates you’re just lucky to be alive. It’s the same lucky you feel after teaching elementary kids on the last day before break and no one got gum in their hair.

  1. Dates drive you to drink.

What kind of wine goes with “this date is a total flop”? I bet it’s the same wine that pairs nicely with “I’m grading 30 sixth-grade essays tonight.”

  1. People who don’t date will never understand how hard it is.

No offense, Karen, but you’ve been married for three decades, so you definitely don’t understand the dating scene anymore. Just like Mom will never understand that being a teacher doesn’t mean getting the entire summer off to do nothing.

Source: https://www.weareteachers.com/teaching-like-dating/