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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.5 May 2008

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Only a School. Only a Teacher.
School is still, at its heart, a dance of men and women of character. A school is its teachers.


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An Amazing Kindergarten Teacher
I use modified modeling to teach my students the correct procedures. Instead of just telling, I act out the wrong way first....

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Promoting Responsibility - Or How Not ToMarvin Marshall
Differentiated Instruction & Ability GroupingCheryl Sigmon
The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
Counting the days yet?Barbara & Sue Gruber
Problem-Based Learning, Part 3Hal Portner
Successful TeachersLeah Davies

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May 2008 Writing Prompts
Use Math's Magic to Intrigue Students Solving Linear Equations
I Choose Teaching - A Meaningful Career
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Treating All Students With Dignity
Two Teachers, Two Philosophies, One Result
Favorite Teacher Appreciation Activities
Academic Writing Guidelines
What is an Effective Teacher?
Drexel Online Education Program

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Candles of Inspiration: May 2008
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Leah Davies
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Successful Teachers

Teachers set the tone in a classroom and can affect children's lives in profound ways.
by Leah Davies, M.Ed.
Regular contributor to the Gazette
May 1, 2008

Teachers set the tone in a classroom and can affect children's lives in profound ways. What teachers do and say encourages or discourages their students. When teachers model acceptance and caring for all children, the students are likely to follow their example. The resulting classroom climate is conducive to children's growth and development. Children thrive when teachers:

  • Sincerely like them and believe in their worth
  • Are dedicated to helping children learn
  • Are enthusiastic about teaching and inspire their students
  • Are prepared, consistent and firm
  • Provide a nurturing, safe environment
  • Accept themselves as imperfect and freely admit to making mistakes
  • Model fairness, honesty and dependability
  • Listen carefully and give recognition freely
  • Are sensitive and respectful of children's individual differences
  • Provide an opportunity for children to help formulate classroom rules
  • Help children feel important by allowing them to make choices
  • Have clear, high, reasonable expectations for children's work
  • Acknowledge children's efforts and successes no matter how small
  • Stress that it is okay to make mistakes because they are a natural part of learning
  • Avoid threats, sarcasm, favoritism and pity
  • Focus on solutions to problems rather than on punishment
  • Teach children how to solve their problems peacefully by listening to each other and by compromising
  • Provide opportunities for children to encourage and applaud one another
  • Involve parents or guardians as partners in their children's education
  • Invite them to dream, share goals, and to think of themselves as being successful

Used by permission of the author, Leah Davies, and selected from the Kelly Bear website [www.kellybear.com]. 9/01



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Leah Davies received her Master's Degree from the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Auburn University. She has been dedicated to the well-being of children for 44 years as a certified teacher, counselor, prevention specialist, parent, and grandparent. Her professional experience includes teaching, counseling, consulting, instructing at Auburn University, and directing educational and prevention services at a mental health agency.

Besides the Kelly Bear materials, Leah has written articles that have appeared in The American School Counseling Association Counselor, The School Counselor, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, Early Childhood News, and National Head Start Association Journal. She has presented workshops at the following national professional meetings: American School Counselor Association; Association for Childhood Education International; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Child Care Association; National Head Start Association; National School-Age Child Care Alliance Conference.

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