Dear EOC Educators,
We hope that the winter break was everything you needed to be and more. As we enter the new year and the second half of the school year we would like to take a moment to thank you for all your sacrifice and dedication to educating today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders.
We know that you touch lives every passing day without recognition for all the hard work you do.
We know you worry about students long after the you have left the classroom.
We know how tired you are at the end of each day, and how by Friday it’s beyond exhaustion.
We know that you have families, too, and many of you have “table time teaching” at home after school hours.
We know that you did not enter this profession for the money but because of your love and passion for making a difference in the lives of children.
We know that you are not afraid of hard work which has only gotten harder in the recent years.
We know you buy supplies with your own money and extend yourself far beyond your job description to help and mentor students.
We know that you are passionate about teaching and cannot help but impart that passion.
We know that it is often easy to forget the impact that you have as substitute teachers. Schools are busy places, so it’s no wonder that you sometimes miss out on chances to stop and reflect upon the influence that you’ve had over the young people in your care. Often, it’s the little conversations, the easily-forgotten asides, the friendly smile or brief compliment that mean the most to young people. While you might forget them by the time you accept another assignment and enter a new classroom, those words can remain with a young person for a long time, shaping their personalities and outlooks on life.
Our schools depend on you to creatively, selflessly, and passionately work with their students to help build the next generation.
We sincerely appreciate you,
EOC Management Team
Sending a very Happy Birthday to...
Famous January Birthdays
Many of you are familiar with the demonstration flight attendants give regarding appropriate procedures in the event of an emergency and the warning that if there is a decline in cabin pressure, masks will drop from the ceiling that will supply the oxygen necessary. The point is stressed during the presentation that people must put on their own masks before they can turn and assist someone else.
The lesson we, as teachers, can learn is that in order to influence someone else’s behavior we must first have control of our own. This is a powerful concept and one that educators should take to heart.
By securing our own mask first and taking control of our own actions, we as educators can then create an environment where students are capable of behaving well. In addition to watching for appropriate student behavior, teachers should notice their own appropriate behavior, which includes:
- Setting clear expectations and following those expectations
- Recognizing appropriate behavior
- Removing sarcasm
- Responding non-coercively to inappropriate student behavior
If teachers can master their own behavior, it will increase the likelihood of appropriate student behavior. The most important principle is that the teacher must first gain control of his own behavior before he can expecting appropriate behavior from someone else. Eleanor Roosevelt put it beautifully when she said, “It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.”
So, whose behavior are we trying to control? The answer is: our own. By controlling our own behavior, we become an example for the students and as a byproduct, create an environment where students are able to behave well.
For more sub resources go to STEDI.org
We also recommend checking out this support community for substitue teachers.