What’s in a Name?

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What do you want your learners to call you? Is it Mrs., Mr., or Miss something? Professor or Doctor? What about outside of class?

Maybe the better question is to ask why it matters. Yes, your title as a teacher is your preference. It may be about your image or the tone you want to set. At its heart, though, titles are about something much bigger. They’re about order and honor.

Whom Do You Trust?

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Whom do you trust?

It seems like a silly question, but in fact it’s pretty deep. We may say we trust someone, but do we really? If you need to step out of your room for a minute, and you tell your class, “I trust you’ll behave while I’m gone,” do you really mean it? Maybe so, but probably not. This sort of trust is a kind of hope—as in, “I hope you won’t destroy this room while I’m gone.”

What Do You Love?

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What do you love about teaching?

Really, what do you love? What gets you excited about getting ready for the new school year? Maybe it’s reconnecting with fellow teachers, students, or parents. Maybe it’s the subject matter. Maybe it’s the smiles or the aha moments.

What Do You Fear?

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What do you fear?

Are you kidding me, you ask? What kind of question is that? It’s the beginning of the school year! There’s plenty to fear. How about not getting planning done on time? What about the group dynamic of your class? How is “that kid” going to do? What about parents and their concerns? Then there’s other small considerations to fear, such as paying the bills, commuting in bad weather, and extracurricular stuff. Okay, I get it. There’s plenty to fear going into this school year.

Here We Go

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It’s the beginning of another school year. Maybe you’re ready; maybe you’re faking it. Regardless, it’s here. Maybe you’ve been through this before; maybe you’re new to the rodeo. Now’s your time. Soon the students will start streaming in. Soon you’ll be handing out the books and laying down classroom procedures.