Vicki Davis

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Teaching is the only major occupation of man for which we have not yet developed tools that make an average person capable of competence and performance. In teaching we rely on the “naturals,” the ones who somehow know how to teach.

Peter Drucker Teaching is the only major… at BrainyQuote

Try as we must, this saying is truer than ever. But sadly, the practices meant to take average people and help them teacher are driving many of the naturals from the business. A natural teacher rebels when they are asked to do things that are counter to their calling — to teach and to do it well.

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Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth.
“Always we hear the cry from teenagers ‘What can we do, where can we go?’ … My answer is, “Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you’ve finished, read a book.” “Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again.” “In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you…
Wise Words from a Judge in New Zealand - for Young People and Adults - Michael Sampson on Making Collaboration Work

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Be Careful of the Flashback Flare Up

The toughest thing about teaching if you were bullied in school is what I call the “flashback flare up.”

The images in my mind of the things said and did when I was a child are still there, often under the surface, years later. All it takes sometimes is for a child to say something in such a way, or behave in a way that triggers that image and it is like touching a hot stove for me.

I’m an adult and have to maturely understand a few things:
1- This child is not the same child that did that to me all those years a go.
2- Two wrongs don’t make a right.
3- I have to be rational, fair, and impartial.
4- If I use my increased sensitivity for good, the awful experience and hurt of my childhood is not wasted because I’m helping children now. This sensitivity lets me pick up on things others can’t see sometimes.
5- Adults who haven’t experienced bullying often don’t get or understand what I’m talking about, but I have to be fair and know that I have a different perspective.
6- Decompressing is important when a memory has been triggered because some memories are upsetting.
7- I am a teacher and an adult and I should always treat everyone with respect. When I know I’ve had a flashback flare-up or am about to have one, I need to recognize it and calm down so I don’t have to apologize later.
8- If I end up needing to apologize to a child, if I explain why I reacted that way, I’ve always found sympathy and understanding but this should be rare. I shouldn’t be like the baggage claim room at the airport with lots of old baggage, I should deal with it so I can help kids.
9 - Kids are kids and they all make mistakes, but I do too.
10- I must forgive those who have hurt me. Life is too short to continue to live in middle school, especially if you’re an adult.

I don’t know if anyone else has flashback flare ups but me, but I thought these would help.

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The more you talk, the less people listen. Take time to listen to others - you aren’t the only smart one in the room.
Vicki Davis, @coolcatteacher

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