Teachers, It’s Your Time to Get Ready for School
Get Ready for School, Part 3
By Barrington H. Brennen, August 24, 2022
article is the last in a three-part series
titled, “Let’s Get Ready for School.” This time
I am sharing tips for teachers. I know that
most, if not all the teachers from kindergarten
to university levels have already attended
teachers’ preparation seminars, workshops, and
skills training. They are all geared up for
school to begin with renewed energy, and a
determination to be the best teacher he or she
can be. They will face the old and the new
students. They will also face eager-to-learn and
not-so-eager-to-learn students. Most days after
a long day teaching, they will go home
exhausted, yet to face more challenges with
their own children or families.
Here are a few tips to help teachers be
effective and to have a successful school year:
TIP ONE: Pause and take a deep breath. Do
not push yourself into frazzles. Learning how to
organize and plan is key to managing or
preventing overwork. Every day take time to
laugh, and exercise, if only for ten minutes.
Also, learning how to do deep breathing to relax
is a plus. Take care of yourself.
TIP TWO: Bathe your mind with relaxing music
at least once a week. Ideally, if you do
this for just five to ten minutes a day, it will
be great for your mind and soul. Choose music
that has about 6o beats a minute or less. This
is needed to help relax the heart and your
nerves. If you are always listening to fast,
high intense music, that will also impact your
overall health. Take a break by listening to
more quiet, slow music. For example:
inspirational classical music, light jazz, light
country music. Believe it or not, this can
impact your energy and outlook as a teacher.
TIP THREE: Make sure you laugh a lot. No, do
not laugh at the students, laugh with them and
at yourself. Yes, you can laugh with the
students. That will be awesome. This is really a
greatly needed tool in the classroom.
Outstanding education Dr. Bod Kizlik states the
following: “Research has consistently shown that
good teachers have a sense of humor, and they
are able to use humor as part of their teaching
methods. He states that humor, used properly,
can be a powerful addition to any lesson.”
FOUR: Take power naps. Learning how to take
short naps during the day is excellent for
overall health and managing stress and overwork.
Many overworked teachers arrive home after
school, to noising their own children, a chaotic
dirty house, and unplanned or uncooked food.
What to do? Take the time to relax. Learn how to
have fifteen minutes naps. These can really
rejuvenate the tired teacher.
TIP FIVE: Learn to love and respect all your
students, even the not-so-lovable ones. It
is important to seek to understand each child in
the classroom. Seek to discern why he or such
might be grumpy in class, comes late to class,
or look untidy. Do not write them off. Love
them. Reach out to them.
TIP SIX: Listen to your students. It is
imperative that the teacher learns to read
between the lines. Listen to frustration,
unusual questions, anger, and sadness in the
voice. Notice the untidy clothes or untidy hair.
Be aware of the change in behavior or mood.
Listen to the choice of words or expressions of
disappointment, frustration, or anger. Respond
to these concerns with compassion and a
willingness to help. Even if you do not have the
answers, your listening attitude mixed with a
spirit of compassion will go a long way. Far too
many teachers ignore the pain of their students
and punish them when to do wrong or appear to be
rebellious. Listen to them.
TIP SEVEN: Dress decently. It is
imperative that teachers dress neatly and
appropriately. Dress also impacts behavior and
attitude. Dress can inspire respect and honor.
Avoid tight skirts, pants, blouses, and deep
shirt necks that expose too much flesh.
EIGHT: Eat well. Teachers, make sure to
start the day with a good breakfast. A
well-balanced breakfast is important to provide
the energy needed to face a potentially
stressful day. Avoid rushing every morning to
school with just coffee and donuts. That is a
recipe for disaster. You might be energized for
a while, but your veins and arteries will tell
the tale in the long run. Make sure your
breakfast includes protein, complex
carbohydrates, and fruits with a boost from good
TIP NINE: Make sure you are computer and
internet literate. Every good teacher must have
a good computer with a fast internet connection.
Fifty years ago, a good teacher would be noted
for having good books and access to a library.
Today, the library is at your fingertips. The
tools to reach the library are the internet and
the computer. Knowing how to maneuver the mouse,
open and close programs, search using a good
search engine, print, download, email, and
transfer files. Another plus for good teachers
is being able to create effective slide shows by
using good software (PowerPoint, Presentation,
Prezi Present, Vyond, Zoho Show, etc).
TIP TEN: Be creative. A good teacher is
one who is creative and thinks out of the box.
If the teacher lacks creativity and innovation,
learning will with stifled. The students will be
forced to stay in a learning box that often does
not facilitate growth in most students. The
truth is creativity requires energy and too many
teachers or lazy and simply regurgitate what
they know to the students. If you want good
results and want to be a great teacher, be
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