Friday, September 21, 2012

TT: Give Kids a Fair Chance

Teacher Tip:  Our reputations always precede us, but do your best to give all children a fair chance when they get to you. You owe it to yourself and your peace of mind to not allow the bad reputation of a kid to taint your idea of him.

My students' reputations often precede them.  Unfortunately, I've heard everything under the sun about students, but guess what? Most of them performed and conducted themselves differently in my class, under my explicitly taught expectations. It can be done.

From the infamous gangbanger to the notorious authority-challenger, gathering your own data and observations on a student is ultimately what leads to you being most successful with that student.

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