Six tips for the third term

By admin
17 July 2013

Our teacher blogger is energised and excited about the new term and has some tips to get you feeling the same way.

Our education blogger is energised and excited about the new term and has some tips to get you feeling the same way.

The school corridors are again echoing with the chatter and laughter of learners – and after the first day back it feels as if the holiday never happened. Forgotten is the luxury of staying in bed a little later with the mornings still dark and cold, but on the other hand the holiday has recharged your batteries.

Here are a few tips to help you tackle the new term enthusiastically:

  1. Treat your career as a calling and not just a job. Each teacher has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of learners – and that’s a privilege!
  2. Always bear in mind that every period there’s a learner or learners in your class who regard you as a role model. Be a good example to your learners in how you behave, what you say and how you look.
  3. A positive attitude and the desire to tackle challenges makes life and the workplace easier and better. Yes, we don’t always have control of our circumstances but we always have a choice as to how we react to them. The learners will sense your positive attitude and it might be infectious.
  4. We all sometimes get out of bed on the wrong side in the morning, but a smile helps to banish a bad mood.
  5. Appreciate the friendly “Good morning, Miss” or “Good morning, Sir” with which the learners greet you and give them a friendly greeting too. This makes the day brighter.
  6. Remember, you’ve been placed in a specific place with a specific purpose and the learners are depending on you and need you – even if it doesn’t always feel like it. Don’t let the one or two naughty learners in your class put you off; appreciate the other 98 per cent who make teaching a pleasure.

Good luck for the new term!

- Olga Channing

* Olga Channing is a deputy principal and Afrikaans teacher at a high school in Pretoria. She’s the author of six books for the new school curriculum and after 24 years as a teacher, she still loves her job.

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