Words to Live By: Teacher Edition

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As I start work as a professor, I thought it was appropriate to make a list of ideas that I want to drive my teaching career. I also thought it was important to keep my code public in order to 1) hold me accountable to it and 2) receive feedback from others. 
Thanks for reading, if you have words that you live by that you think should be added to this list, feel free to let me know in the comments!

> Don’t forget what it’s like to be a student.

> You can always learn from someone, even if they are younger than you.

> You expect your students to learn, hold yourself to the same standard.

> Put in the time.

> If asked for help, help!

> Create an inclusive environment.

> Evaluate yourself. Make changes. Get better.

> Stay Positive. Don’t hate your life as a teacher (even if you might want to sometimes).

> Embrace the politics.

> Support your students, coworkers and administrators.

> Give a shit. The simplest thing on this list, but probably the most important.

So there you have it. I look forward to adding to this list as I grow in my experience as a teacher.

Hopefully without being too repetitive, here’s my purpose statement. It’s basically this list in paragraph form.

I strive to be knowledgeable about the subjects I teach, willing to find innovative solutions to today’s problems and genuinely interested in the success and story of my students. Learning is a two-way street. I will hold myself to the same high standard that I hold my students to. My job is to cultivate understanding both in and out of the classroom. I want to promote an inclusive learning environment where students feel safe, valued and empowered. I want to do all of this, and remember to have a little fun doing it.