How To Enjoy Being A Teacher

  1. You have to like kids. This is the sine qua non of teaching. If you don’t genuinely like kids, go be a Mall Cop, where this would be an advantage.
  2. You really have to have a keen sense of humor that can transcend barriers of age, gender, and ethnicity. Mostly, you have to be able to laugh at yourself.
  3. Don’t “mind” very much stuff. The more you don’t mind, the more you can put up with. Save “minding” for the important issues, like knife fights and fire drills.
  4. Pick your battles. This applies to your bosses as well as your charges.
  5. Do not succumb to the “quantity over quality” hysteria that has overtaken public education (in other words, don’t sweat the standardized tests).
  6. Remember it is impossible to impose intrinsic motivation upon another human being, and that extrinsic motivation isn’t really the friend of quality education.
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