- students who come to school unprepared to learn
- students who are unmotivated and disruptive
- students with attention-deficit disorders
- students who are verbally or physically abusive
- students who are openly hostile to your efforts
- administrators who will not back you up
- lack of funding, lack of books and lack of supplies
- parents who disregard the importance of learning
It is believed that the “crisis in education” is not only about curriculum, competence or community support. it is also about too many teachers being overwhelmed by the challenges. It is about too many teachers losing the belief that they can make a difference in the lives of their students. It is about too many excellent, committed teachers burning out.
But you can overcome the challenges. You can make a difference. Always bear in mind that:
- Beliefs are powerful.
- Success is a function of what we believe to be true about our capabilities.
- Through the choices you make, you shape your destiny.
- Effectiveness is a habit you can learn.
- High performers are teachers who bring out the best in their students, who rise abobe the challenges to go home at the end of the day with a great deal of satisfaction, even gratification from their job.
High-performing teachers all share the same essential attitudes and behaviours:
- They have a mission. They know exactly what they want to accomplish in the classroom each and every day.
- They have positive beliefs in their ability to work successfully with students and to make a difference in their lives.
- They recognize that the choices they make have an impact on their own success.
- They have well-developed problem-solving skills that empower them to create and implement plans for overcoming challenges.
- They have learned how to build positive relationships with students, no matter how unmotivated or hostile those students might be.
- They have also learned how to build positive realationships with parents in recognition of the crucial role of the home environment in education.
- They maitain a positive attitude, understanding that a negative attitude impedes students’ learning.
- They understand the necessity of a support network, and seek out friends and colleagues who are positive and proactive.
- They have learned how to plan their time and effort to make the best of their skills and resources.
What change is all about:
- The more you practise new habits, the more you practise focusing on new ways of thinking and new ways of doing things, the more comfortable you become with them.
- The power is within you to become a more effective teacher. It is up to you to choose to use that power. You owe it to your students to make that choice – and most of all you owe it to yourself.
Reference: “The High-Performing Teacher” by Lee Canter and Marlene Canter