Some days are rough. Things go wrong. Always start your day with a positive attitude. Forget about the negative things that happened in the past and focus on the amazing opportunities in front of you.
- Find Your Style!
Great teachers come in all shapes and sizes. You have to find what works for you, your students, and your classroom. You don’t have to be just like anyone else. Just be YOU!
- Use Your Resources!
People are put into your life for a reason. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or give it. Teaching is not a competition. Create. Share. Borrow.
- Consistency is KEY!
Pick a behavior system and stick to it. Set procedures and practice, practice, practice. Procedures should become second nature to students. Students respect consistency.
- Find a balance between home and work.
You will not get everything done, and that’s okay. Do what HAS to be done and the rest will be there tomorrow! Take time for yourself. Spend time with family and/or friends doing things you love. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others.
- Positives should outweigh the negatives!
Send positive notes, make positive calls, share positive stories. Doing this helps make those not so easy “negative” conversations a lot easier and more respected.
- You are a LIFE-Changer!
Years from now, what do you want students to remember about your classroom? “Decorations?”, “A story your read to them?”, “A test score?,” or “The fact that someone believed in them, lifted them up, and supported them in all of their endeavors?” Remember to empower your students to be their very best!
- Relationships mean everything!
Show people you care. Build relationships with students and co-workers. Everyone wants to feel loved and appreciated. You never know what is happening “behind the scenes” in a student or co-workers life. Be empathetic! Be kind! Give grace!
- Give yourself GRACE!
Things go wrong, it’s inevitable. Learn from the wrongs and become better because of them! Don’t beat yourself up, it happens!
- You are more than a score!
Your students are learning and growing every day. Yes, standardized tests are mandatory; however, DO NOT let them define you or your students. Celebrate the daily Ah-Ha moments and growth. Also, remember tests can’t measure growth of compassion, character, creativity, self-control, and perseverance! Know your students; know your IMPACT!
Lynnsey currently serves at Sterchi Elementary School as a K-5 TPaCK (Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge) Coach. She has worked in the Knox County School System for nine years, where she’s held multiple roles including RTI Coordinator, School-level Technology Ambassador, Certified Cognitive Coach©, TEAM Certified Evaluator and on the Leadership team. She is also a LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Year-Long Reading Course Graduate. Lynnsey earned both her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies K-6 and her M.A. in Reading and Reading Specialist from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. She also serves as a Hope Street Group Tennessee Teacher Fellow, engaging her colleagues in providing classroom feedback to the Tennessee Department of Education on public education policy issues.