A Message from Cheryl Howard, MPE President
Happy New Year!
Let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year for the 2018-2019 school term. I hope you have a year that is filled with many “aha” moments, laughter, discovery, and learning experiences filled with wonderful memories. Remember to begin each day with a smile and a clean slate, “Teach Like a Pirate” – increase student engagement, boost your creativity, and transform your life as an educator (Dave Burgess – a great read).
Your students’ minds are yours to grow. Remind them daily that they are special and as their teacher you will push them to work to their potential. All children can learn. It is our responsibility as teachers to find the way that they learn best. Sometimes we have to sing and dance, but we as teachers do whatever it takes to help our students “grow those brains.” Make your classroom an inviting place to spend the day; colorful and print-rich anchor charts will capture their attention.
Never be afraid to ask for help. Always be willing to learn from others and to share what works for you. Be compassionate, as you never know what a student has been through before they get to you. They need to know you care. Their education should be your passion. Remember, respect is earned and treat others like you want to be treated. We are with our students 8 to 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. Instill in them values, work ethic, and life skills that will enable them to have a productive and successful school year that will carry over year after year. Teachers are VIPs. Strive to be the one that will always be fondly remembered. We as teachers have the power to make every day better than the day before. Build on each day and at the end of the year sit back and look at what has been accomplished. Talk about your successes, highlight them, make them memorable! I keep a journal and write about those funny stories and “aha” moments, the moments that took my breath, as well as the times I cried, and just any ordinary day. Remind yourself daily why you love teaching. It takes a special person to be a teacher. YOU are SPECIAL!
This year when you see another teacher doing something that really catches your eye and will be trying it yourself, “shout them out!” Write them a note to let them know, “Hey I saw you doing something great and I am going to try it too!” You will make their day!
This year, mentor a new teacher. When mentoring, be honest, be invested, and lead by example to be successful. Communication skills are a necessity and providing constructive feedback is a key factor, all the while forming a relationship with the mentee. Mentoring benefits the mentor, mentee, and the classroom. The mentor strengthens his/her listening skills, enhances relationship building skills, and provides an added sense of purpose for one’s career. The mentee develops a skill for competency, improves confidence and communication skills, while expanding the mentee’s network of contacts. The school/district fosters employee retention, improves talent acquisition efforts, and harnesses the power of natural leadership. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to encourage your mentee to join MPE. When recruiting make sure you bring to their attention our scholarships and classroom grants that are available after being a member for one year.
Have a great year!