10 Things a Teacher Should Never Do
"Life doesn't have to stop just because you've become a teacher, but if you want to continue being a teacher, it will have to change."
Jill Hare, Editor | Teaching.monster.com
3. Don’t Let Loose in a Community Locale
Life doesn’t have to stop just because you’ve become a teacher, but if you want to continue being a teacher, it will have to change. There are 4 D’s that could spell disaster for your career for you in your community: dating, drinking, dressing, discussing.
Dating: Be careful who you date. I’d steer clear of other teachers and definitely steer clear of student’s parents. Once you’re on a date (even with your spouse), make sure your actions are G rated.
Drinking: Teachers are of legal age to drink, but that doesn’t mean you need to yell it from the mountain tops – especially after too many. Moderation is key. If you feel uncomfortable having a drink in the same restaurant as your students, find a new hang out.
Dressing: If you can see through it, down it, or up it, don’t wear it. If it looks like something you wore to bed, change. If it looks like something you’d exercise in (and you’re not a PE teacher), change. If people can’t tell when you walk down the school hall if you’re a student or a teacher, you may need to rethink your choice of work attire. Let your job performance speak for itself; don’t let the outfit you wear to work jeopardize your career.
Discussing: As a teacher, you have privileged information about many students, teachers and parents in your community. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and what you have come to know as a teacher should only be used in professional settings. It isn’t appropriate to talk about a student’s grades or struggles with just anyone, nor should you discuss how a parent conference went with your friends. The less school gossip you generate, the less likely you’ll become a part of it.