Rich’s Classroom Survival Rules


In order to become old and wise you must first be young and stupid. (unknown – often attributed to drill sargents)

This applies to both students and teachers alike

Prepare the child (students) for the path not the path for the child. (Unknown often attributed to Montessori)

30% of the jobs that exist when a child enters kindergarten will not exist when they graduate from high school

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… (Ecclesiastes)

Pick Your battles and your celebrations carefully

Build your opponent (students) a golden bridge to retreat across ( Art of War Sun Tzu)

When you back a student into a corner and leave them no way out they will try to climb over you.

Think before you speak and but always listen before you think.

Your students my have a reason and it may make sense… give them a chance

A stitch in time saves nine. ( Old English Proverb…)

Preventing fires is a lot easier than putting them out

Say what you mean, mean what you say… every single time but if then you are found to be wrong (and at times you will be) admit it model a response and move on.

If you can do it sometimes they will find that they can do it as well.

Make the punishment fit the crime and take care that the discipline does not hurt you more than the intended recipient

Choose your words and prouncements with care and thought when confronted by a classroom problem.

If you are angry with your class let them know it, Do not take it home for your spouse, friend, or children to deal with.

Actually Ativan works pretty well also.

You know your class better than anyone else, depend on your own inner voice more than outside opinion.

Every class and teacher has its own inner grammar that controls what is said and done, find it and you have found the mother lode

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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