· Admit your mistakes -- and learn from them.
· Be firm but flexible.
· Communicate with parents.
· Develop a homework policy -- and stick to it.
· Empower your students; don't just lecture to them.
· Find time to attend after-school events.
· Get to know all the teachers in your school and make friends with the cooks, custodians, aides, and secretaries.
· Have the courage to try something else if what you're doing isn't working.
· Institute a clear discipline policy -- and enforce it consistently.
· Just listen -- both to what the kids are saying and to what they're not saying.
· Keep a journal.
· Learn your school's policies and procedures.
· Model desired attitudes and behavior.
· Non carborundum ignorami. (Don't let the imbeciles wear you down.)
· Prepare interesting lessons.
· Quit worrying and just do your best.
· Remember that you teach students first, then you teach whatever academic discipline you learned.
· Stay alert.
· Take pictures.
· Understand that the learning process involves everyone -- teachers, students, colleagues, and parents and get everyone involved.
· Volunteer to share projects and ideas, and don't be afraid to ask others to share their ideas with you.
· Work within your limits.
· Xpect the unexpected -- and plan for it!
· Yell if you need support.
· Zero in on your strengths, not your weaknesses. (Remember -- nobody's perfect!)