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50 Teaching Tips to Live By

50 Teaching Tips to Live By


From the Editor: Sometimes the most common, simple advice can be the best and the most fun to deliver. Share these 50 teaching tips from Joel with your teaching colleagues and school staff.

I have had countless discussions lately with some of the newer teachers around me about some general concepts. This is just a random list of a few of the suggestions I have passed along to some of them that might be helpful to you or someone you know in some way. And it comes you way free of charge.

1. Choose your battles

2. Bite your tongue

3. When someone offers you unsolicited advice, give them the impression that you are listening

4. When someone offers you unsolicited advice, listen to them and apply the advice as quickly as possible

5. Most unsolicited teaching advice is given because of a perceived urgent deficiency in your teaching

6. When talking with students about negative behaviors, don’t chase other adults away, they could be used to validate your side of the story if the student or students gang up on you

7. Talk less

8. Only fix one problem at a time

9. Keep students engaged as much as possible

10. Think before you speak

11. Think twice before you discipline

12. Establish a consistent routine and stick with it

13. Finding faults without providing solutions is complaining; and nobody likes a constant complainer

14. Just because something is in black and white doesn’t mean it is going to stay that way

15. Just because someone is in your email inbox doesn’t mean it is going to stay that way

16. Just because someone overheard someone say it doesn’t mean it is going to stay that way

17. You need to teach fundamental technique before you can presume to teach musicality

18. Keep reviewing the fundamentals

19. Most performance problems kids have stem from fundamental problems

20. Control your classroom

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