This set of principles for working with students in a classroom has been adapted by a couple of my friends in education. It provides a common-sense way of looking at teaching as a profession.
1. Have a genuine interest in your students. Greet students at the door. Learn about their culture(s). Offer praise and encouragement frequently.
2. Communicate classroom rules clearly. Enforce rules fairly and consistently. Consider each incident’s unique circumstances while making discipline-related decisions.
3. Be objective, no judgemental. Try to adopt the students’ perspective. Look at issues from a variety of perspectives.
4. Show that you are human. Be prepared to admit your mistakes. Use humour when appropriate.
5. Minimise the power differential in everyday communication. Avoid language telling students what they must, should or have to do. Instead explain the reasons behind your rules, requests and assignments so that students understand that these really are for their own good and safety.
6. Address problem behaviour directly and immediately. Unresolved conflicts and issues often recur. Addressing a problem early lessens the chance that it will arise again.
7. Take a collaboration approach. Maximise opportunities for student choice within the classroom. Consider the perspective that this our classroom, not my classroom. Actively solicit students’ opinions and perspectives.
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