In working through my current book project, I have been drafting a section on maxims for educators that is worth sharing with educators now - in advance of the school year.
Here they are. Feel free to comment and/or suggest additional items.
- When in doubt, serve the needs of the student in front of you (literally and figuratively).
- All students can learn and get better. They call you teacher for a reason. Stop saying they can't do it.
- Frustration means you care. Teachers who never get frustrated are not invested in their work.
- The five most powerful words you can use are, "Thank you" and "I am sorry."
- To err is human, but to learn is also.
- Problem announcers like to point out what is wrong and not working. Problem solvers understand what is wrong and not working, then take action to improve the situation. We need more problem solvers.
- You lead it or it will lead you.
- You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.
- Asking for permission is sometimes more about lack of courage than it is about actually needing permission.
- Being consistently fair is more effective than being fairly consistent.
- The more rules you make, the more exceptions to the rule you create.
- There is nothing we do that cannot be done better. Therefore, you have permission to improve what we do and share those improvements with the rest of us.