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10 Things a Teacher Should Never Do

 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 |

6. Don’t Post Questionable Items on Social Networking Sites

Even the NEA Teacher’s Union thinks social networking is a good idea. In fact, Teaching was recently listed by the NEA as a recommended social networking site for teachers. Yeah, social networking! But boo, those who don’t use it wisely. Here’s my rule and I’m sticking to it: if you wouldn’t post it on the board of your classroom, don’t post it on the internet. I’m talking about photos, status updates, and comments. Teachers losing their jobs over photos or “questionable” posting continues to make the news. Why? Some people are learning the lesson the hard way. Don’t be one of them.

7. Don’t Claim to Have All the Answers

Teachers are not expected to be walking dictionaries or encyclopedias. When your students ask you a question that you really don’t know the answer to, fess up. Not only does it show that you aren’t perfect, you can also use the moment to teach them how to find the information themselves.

8. Don’t Fail to Follow-Through

The pressure of being a teacher can be heavy, but great teachers complete what they say they’ll do. Whether it’s heading up a project for the principal, calling a parent back, or staying after school to help tutor, it’s important that you follow though. Teachers have the opportunity to be trusted by the people they contact in the school setting. With that connecting comes the power to be someone who can be relied upon.

If you say you’re going to go watch Johnny’s soccer game after school, show up. He wouldn’t have asked you if it didn’t mean a lot to him. Following through helps create a safe network where you are a trusted and valuable teacher and employee.

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