A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
It can be hard, but no matter how miserable we might feel, that baggage should be left at home and not taken to work. It is important to seek support if misery persists lest it sours us as people.
BALANCE ADVICE WITH APPRECIATION
When contemplating the need to counsel or advise colleagues and students, consider ‘balance’. Look for and offer commendations, so recommendations are offered in a balanced manner. Avoid put downs.
STUDENTS AND STAFF VALUE PREDICTABILITY
Plans and programs sometimes have to change because of matters coming out of left-field. Change should be kept to a minimum. Students and staff feel comfortable with routinised teaching and learning.
OH, THE SAD EXAMPLE BEING SET
The slippage of language skills including oral capacity and the ability to write with understanding and pride is a real concern. Are standards no longer important? It often seems that anything goes.
LOOK OUT FOR OUR STUDENTS
Our modern times are quite uncertain. Unpredictable circumstances can arise. Children and students often need reassurance. As educators we need to look out for them with empathetic concern and care.
As teachers and educators I sincerely believe we should be models to children and students. Models of speech, deportment, dress and through the setting of expected academic and behavioural standards.