don’t smile until christmas.
i don’t know how many times people told me this during my student teaching and first year in my own classroom. it took me an entire year to figure out that this was complete crap.
if you don’t have a sense of humor, this job will be very painful for you. there are so many ridiculous things you will have to deal with when it comes to students. and don’t get me started on the ridiculousness you’ll experience with adults!
if you go into the school year with a stern and overly serious attitude, not only will the students not connect with you and vice versa, but you’ll lose out on the opportunity to make meaningful and lasting relationships. if you can make a good impression as a fair and real person, you’ll win over the kids and your colleagues. you don’t have to be “mean” to be a good teacher. it’s a balance. respect them and they will most likely respect you. be firm but not unbending. laugh a little when something is funny. take your time to find your groove. practice what you preach. stop inappropriate behavior when it happens. stay positive even when that smile on your face is fake. don’t be afraid to make mistakes and admit it when you do. and with your attitude and comments, never forget that you’re the leader.
often, your reputation will precede you. don’t you want it to be a good one?