Your Practices

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  • Join your local association/TSTA/NEA and be a part of the largest community of educators in the world.
  • Make time to plan and prepare. Every profession does it.
  • Rehearse your work. Every profession does this, too.
  • Set boundaries: physical, social, and emotional.
  • Listen to and observe your students; actions and words may be warning signs.
  • Get a copy of any IEP modifications as soon as possible.
  • Remember the value of ESPs. They’re also educators.
  • Spend your budget prudently.
  • Keep your personal social media accounts separate from your school ones but be careful what you post on both of them. Once something is out there, it’s out there.
  • Go to ARD meetings as they’re too important to miss.
  • It’s about the FUTURE, not the test.
  • It’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
  • Ask the questions that get the answers you need and want.
  • Rehearse how you plan to respond to discipline, questions, etc.
  • Make sure everything you say and do elevates teaching as a profession.
  • Always conduct yourself in a manner befitting the teaching profession. If it seems you are held to a higher standard, you are.
  • As you GROW (your expertise), share your GLOW (your accomplishments)
  • Understand the collegiality of the profession because it’s all interconnected.
  • Keep interactions with students professional and aboveboard.
  • Take calculated risks; learning involves risk and teaching does, too.
  • Collect and maintain artifacts (such as lesson plans, student projects, etc.) that support your practice.
  • If you wouldn’t say something to someone in person, don’t say it on social media.
  • Create a literacy-rich environment.
  • Maintain flexibility; you never know when you will have to monitor, adjust, or adapt something.
  • Journal what’s happening in your classroom. It may be a best-seller in the making.
  • Listen more and talk less.

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