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ByBeth Lewis   posted on01 Feb, 12 3324 Views 0 Comments Regular Feature Add to favorite

Top 10 Common Teaching Mistakes For Teachers To Avoid



People enter the teaching profession because they want to make a positive difference in society. Even teachers with the purest intentions can inadvertently complicate their mission if theyre not careful.

However, new teachers (and even veterans sometimes!) will have to work hard to conscientiously avoid common pitfalls that can make the job even harder than it inherently is. Do yourself a favor and avoid these common teaching traps. Youll thank me for it later!

1. Aiming To Be Buddies With Their Students

Inexperienced teachers often fall into the trap of wanting their students to like them above all else. However, if you do this, you are damaging your ability to control the classroom, which in turn compromises the childrens education.

This is the last thing you want to do, right?

Instead, focus on earning your students respect, admiration, and appreciation. Once you realize that your students will like you more when you are tough and fair with them, you will be on the right track.

This mistake is a corollary to the last one. For various reasons, teachers often start out the year with a lax discipline plan or, even worse, no plan at all!

Have you ever heard the saying, "Donot let them see you smile until Christmas"? That may be extreme, but the sentiment is correct: start out tough because you can always relax your rules as time progresses if it is appropriate. But it is next to impossible to become more tough once you have shown your pliant side.

2.Being Too Easy On Discipline

This mistake is a corollary to the last one.For various reasons,teachers often start out the year with a lax discipline plan or even worse ,no plan at all!

Have you ever heard the saying,"Donot let them see you smile until Christmas"? That may be extreme ,but the sentiment is correct:start out tought because you can always relax your rules as time progresses if it is appropriate .But it is next to impossible to become mopre tought once you have shown your pliant side.


3. Not Setting Up Proper Organization from the Start

Until you have completed a full year of teaching, you are unable to comprehend how much paper accumulates in an elementary school classroom. Even after the first week of school, you will look around at the piles with astonishment! And all these papers must be dealt with... by YOU!

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