The 10 Commandments For Teachers

The 10 Commandments For Teachers

To all the teachers out there, here are the things that you should be striving to do!

With school in full swing, teachers all around the world are working hard day in and day out to provide the very best education for their students. They are planning lessons, holding conferences, getting to know students, setting the guidelines for assignments, adjusting instruction according to student need, working way past the school bell, helping students learn what they need to know to be successful in school and in life, and so much more. As an Elementary Education major who is preparing for student teaching in four short months, I am becoming more and more aware of the array of responsibilities and demands that every teacher has. Through all the hustle and bustle, we may need to stop and remind ourselves that our purpose is for good, not for stress or for unrest. So, here is a good guide of what we should keep in mind and some things we should strive to do as teachers. I present to you, the 10 Commandments for Teachers.

1. Get to know your students and invest in their lives.

Imagine what classrooms would be like if every student knew they were cared for and known by their teacher. Getting to know our students matters! Be available, be present, be invested. Show your students you care!

2. Be enthusiastic and excited about teaching and learning.

Your students will know if you love what you do. Believe it or not, they can read our emotions pretty well. If we are enthusiastic and excited about what we teach and what our students are learning, this will leave a great impression on them and further their excitement too!

3. Develop good relationships with parents/guardians.

Good relationships between teachers and parents/guardians can do nothing but enhance a child's academic success. Parents/guardians are your #1 resource for getting to know the needs of your students well beyond the classroom.

4. Prepare thoughtfully.

Think about the needs of your students. How can you present a lesson that will be engaging to your students, but be at an appropriate level for each student too? This may take time, but it will be time well spent in the long run

5. Teach in a way that is relevant to your students.

You will have a student at some point in your teaching career ask, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" Trust me, I was that student. Make your instruction relevant! Show students how this concept relates to themselves, to their communities, their state, their world.

6. Take time to rest and revamp.

You need this time. For the good of yourself and your classroom, take time to stop, relax, and truly rest.

7. Be mindful of the words and actions you choose to use.

Practice mindfulness daily. Make sure your words and actions are lifting others up rather than bringing them down.

"The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do." - James 3:5

"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." - C.J. Jung

Practice kindness.

8. Build strong, helpful relationships with your coworkers and administration.

Good relationships are key! While you may be focusing on building your classroom community, take some time to build community with your coworkers and administration too!

9. Be professional.

Be on time, follow procedures, take charge, embrace change, take responsibility, and even in dressing professionally - let excellence be your aim!

10. Give it your all!

Give it all you have while you have the chance! You have the great opportunity, as a teacher, to positively influence students and make a difference in their lives. So look ahead towards the possibilities of who these amazing young learners can be and let that be your motivation!

And don't forget to have some fun with your students too!

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Abortion Bans Are Only A Small Part Of The Republican War On Women

These bans expose the Republican Party for what it truly is.


This week, several states passed laws that ban abortion after six to eight weeks of pregnancy, before most women even know that they're pregnant. The most egregious of these is Alabama — the state has banned abortion except for in cases of danger to the mother. Exceptions in the cases of rape and incest were actively voted against by the state legislature. Under the new law, any doctor who is caught giving an abortion would be sentenced to 99 years in prison, and the woman would be charged with murder.

Apart from the fact that this explicitly violates the decision of Roe v. Wade (which is the point), this is only a small part of the slow but steady degradation of women's rights by Republicans in the United States. To anyone who believes that this is simply about people being "pro-life" or "saving the children," then tell them to look at what happens after the fetus is carried to term.

Republicans oppose forcing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children that were forcibly carried to term, desires to cut food stamps and make it more difficult to feed said child, cut funding for affordable housing to make it more difficult for them to find homes, cut spending to public education so these children can't move up the social ladder, and refuse to offer the woman or her child health insurance to keep them both healthy. What about efforts to prevent pregnancy? Republicans also oppose funding birth control and contraception, as well as opposing comprehensive sexual education. To them, the only feasible solution is to simply keep your legs shut. They oppose all of these things because it is, in their eyes, a violation of individual rights to force people to do something. The bill also makes women who get abortions felons, and felons can't vote. I'll let you finish putting those two together.

If you view it from this framework, it would seem like Republicans are being extremely hypocritical by violating the personal freedoms of pregnant women, but if you look at it from the view of restricting social mobility for women, then it makes perfect sense. The Republican dogma of "individual rights" and "personal responsibility" is a socially acceptable facade that they use to cover up their true intentions of protecting the status quo and protect those in power. About any Republican policy, ask yourself: does this disperse power or consolidate it? Whether it be education, healthcare, the environment, or the economy, Republicans love to keep power away from the average citizen and give it to the small number of people that they deem "deserving" of it because of their race, gender, wealth, or power. This is the case with abortion as well; Power is being taken from women, and being given back to men in a reversal of the Feminist Movement of the 1970s.

Republicans don't believe in systemic issues. They believe that everyone has the same opportunity to succeed regardless of what point they started. This is why they love capitalism so much. It acts as some sort of great filter in which only those who deserve power can make it to the top. It's also why they hate social policies; they think that helping people who can't help themselves changes the hierarchy in a negative way by giving people who don't "deserve" power, power. Of course, we know that just because you have money and power doesn't mean you earned it fair and square, and even if Republicans believe it, it wouldn't change anything because it wouldn't change how they want to distribute power.

In short, Republican policies, including abortion, leave the average American with less money, less protection, less education, worse health, less opportunity, fewer rights, and less freedom. This is NOT a side effect. This is the point. Regardless of what Republicans will tell you about "inalienable rights" and how everyone is equal, in reality, they believe that some people and groups are more deserving of rights than others, and the group that deserves rights the most are the ones "that will do the best with them." To Republicans, this group consists of the wealthy, the powerful, and the white — the mega-rich, the CEOs of large companies, gun owners and Christians.

So, who do Republicans think deserve power and give it to? People who look and think like them. This, however, begs the question: Who do they want to take it from?

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