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6 Tips from 10-Year Teacher
Submitted by Angela from North Carolina
Second Grade Teacher

After teaching for more that ten years, there are several things that a student teacher should know.

  1. It is important that you strive to get to know your parents. You should start out by trying to introduce yourself to all the parents by the end of the first week. It can be a simple phone call and be sure to tell the parents something good that the child did that week. This is very important so when you have to call the parent about behavior that is not good,so that the parent will not think that the only time you call is when the child is misbehavior.

  1. It is also important that you be consistent if whatever behavior plan that you have. If you say that you are going to do it. You must follow through.

  1. Remember that you are dealing with children and even if you do not feel that you are in control,you need to act like you are.

  1. Give positive words to the each child and make him/her feelimportant on a regular basis. Each child is important and is not a mistake or accident. A lot of children have very low self-esteem.

  1. Even if a child consistently misbehaviors, you must strive to not let the child see how the behavior affects you. This will come with time and practice.

  1. Take time for yourself. It can be walking, reading a novel or a bubblebath. Remember that tomorrow is another day and that you are making a difference in a child's life.

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