Teacher Talk: Everyday Advice

by Dolisha Mitchell

Always remember each day is a new day. We should avoid bringing negative thoughts or feelings from previous incidents into a new day.

  • “Teachers are knowledgeable decision makers who take responsibility for their actions and its effects and for success and failures” – Regie Routman

Always remember to lead by example. As teachers, we do the right thing even when no one is watching us.

  • “Effective teachers demonstrate, guide, share, celebrate, and evaluate”- Regie Routman

Teachers are kind, respectful, and considerate of others. How we treat others impacts how effective we are as teachers.

  • “Unless we reach into our students’ hearts, we have no entry into their minds” – Regie Routman

We should set appropriate expectations and constantly encourage students to achieve.

  • “We must have instructional visions in order to guide our students where they need to be through responsive teaching.” – Regie Routman

Teachers are learners.  It is essential to place ourselves in a position where students acknowledge us as learners.  Teachers are not all knowing and experts in everything.  We grow, learn, and adapt just as our students do.

  • “It is far more important that we demonstrate ourselves as “model learners than as “model knowers” –Bissex, 1996, 12

Teachers should teach for understanding.

  • “Use the standards, don’t let them use you”—Heidi Mills

We should promote a love of learning.

  • Teachers must model the excitement of learning and instill a passion of learning in students. Learners need a variety of engaging books, resources, and reading materials.

We must adapt.

  • Teacher have to have the ability to monitor and adjust throughout lesson, in order to help students gather a better understanding of lessons.  You should never continue a lesson when students are not understanding concepts.  It is essential to reteach when necessary.


Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 6.42.39 PMDolisha is a a second-year educator at a rural title one elementary school in Georgia, where she teaches 3rd grade. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina in 2014. She enjoys traveling, reading, and writing.

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