First of all, I would like to thank Shelly Terrell for this fantastic idea of the 30 goals for education – and for everything she does! Many thanks also to Lisa Dabbs  who is taking part in this.

Be A Beam For Other Teachers

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Whether you work in a private or public school or are a freelancer, you almost daily come into contact with other educators. Perhaps you do this through various social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, to name a couple. Even tiny things that you do to motivate yourself can help others as well.

Share your lesson plans and ideas with other teachers. They might benefit from these as well, or even tell you what worked for them and what did not – then you can improve or see what really works by getting feedback on your own work.

  • Try to attend as many workshops and seminars as possible. Network with other teachers. I have noticed that I always meet new people at these events and we exchange e-mails and phone numbers and try to keep in contact, in order to discuss what else? Our favourite topic: education! We share ideas, experiences and we constantly learn from each other.
  • Give someone a big smile or a pat on the back in the hallway. If you are rushing from class to class and have no time to speak at length with other teachers, even a smile or pat on the back can help! It always brightens my day. Or give them small praise on something great they have done in their teaching recently. It gives people such a boost – they are literally flying to the next class!
  • Leave small notes or interesting articles in other teachers’ e-mails or lockers or trays in school. It is always nice if someone is thinking of you and what interests you – and if you are learning in the process!

Be A Beam For Your Students

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It has always been my motto that “It is always for the students”. Whatever we do, even little things can influence their whole life.

  • Give them praise. There is nothing better than students feeling the sense of achievement – it helps them continue trying and learning, no matter what age they are. Praise can come in any form, even in things not related with classwork. Perhaps you attended a concert one of your students played in. If you acknowledge to them that they were great, they know that you are interested in them doing well in all aspects of their lives.
  • Work with them on topics that they like every now and then. Maybe they are fans of a particular football team or like collecting stamps, or anything. You can build whole lessons on their interests and they will be grateful that you value them as personalities as well. They can learn from anything!
  • Be a role model. If you would like to see your students read more for instance, you have to model the specific behaviour. Take them on visits to the library. Share your enthusiasm for books and tell them about the latest book you are reading, or a book you think would interest them, or share the places you read. (My favourite reading places are trains and buses…)

Being a beam is a bilateral thing: educators and students can benefit from you, your teaching methods and personality, the same way you can receive excellent things from others who are beams for you!

So go on and shine that light! Enjoy your teaching and your relationship with other teachers and your students.