If you haven't realized it already, you've chosen a profession that makes a difference in lives. That's important to remember when you've had a particularly lousy day. If you cared for your students that day, it was a successful day!
To establish the rapport you need with students and to help manage your classroom, keep these ideas in mind:
- Get to know your students' names as soon as possible.
- Go over the daily schedule with students.
- Post a copy of the class rules for everyone to see.
- Find out if there is a "dress code" for teachers in your school district and/or building. Dress appropriately.
- Remember-you can't out scream 30 or more students. The louder you get, the louder your classroom becomes. Learn to moderate your voice.
- Be yourself. Don't take on mannerisms that compromise who you really are.
- Keep humor in your teaching. You chose a profession that cries for joy and laughter just to keep your sanity.
- Don't prejudge any student, no matter what you hear about him/her in the staff lounge.
- Be sensitive to gender differences; avoid sexism.
- Respect your students' religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Reward and praise-- sincerely and frequently.
- Create a safe environment where your students know you will try to protect them from physical or verbal harm.
- Be a good role model. Be confident and positive.