Cool teachers Rock the Crowd every chance they get! I was a cool teacher, and you can be too. If I was at your school, I guarantee within the first year I would be one of the more popular teachers there. How do I know? Well, I just do. I am telling the truth. I have been at a few schools, with different socioeconomics, and have held my own and become that “cool teacher” the kids enjoy. It has nothing to do with coaching sports, or teaching the best classes, or allowing stupid stuff to happen. It requires a unique set of skills every teacher has, but is not tapping into. Not all students will like me, but 95% will say they enjoy me as a teacher and mentor for the right reasons.
I was the teacher that many students liked and feared at the same time. How can that exist in the same realm? Well, it does. Popular teachers, the ones that are actually cool for the right reasons, do share a love-hate relationship with many students. Many of us won’t win the Teacher of the Year award, and we won’t get a lot of recognition from our staff or administrators, but there is just a sense of knowing from the students and other teachers that this person has something the kids love and respect. This coolness is based on the character of the teacher, which helps them to relate to students in a real way.
There is a dividing line here: you are on the cool side, or you are not. If you have ever read about success or self-help books, you know there comes a time when you realize you are either on the side of the have, or the have-nots. By reading this book, you are probably wondering if you are a have-not. Well, many teachers have all the elements of what it takes to be successful in student relationships; they just haven’t put it together and into practice. Like many success books, there is that constant reminder: you have the tools inside of you, we just have to bring them out. With this book, you will be able to bring out what is inside of you so that you become a cool teacher by being the best you.
What can you do to “measure up?” Take 100% responsibility for your ability to positively affect the lives of the youth in your school’s community while laying a positive foundation for lifelong learning. You will not have the best students. You will be given a random list of kids that need to be educated. It is your job, and hopefully you realize that it is your calling, to make sure they get your best efforts– daily. I understand there are times when you won’t be feeling 100%, but even on the days I was feeling 40%, I gave that 40%. This is all that the calling of being an educator asks. Teaching kids requires that you give all you have when it is time to educate.
This is part of a chapter from my book Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors. Every Wednesday and Friday (Starting April 8, 2014) I will share parts of every chapter. Don’t forget that the shares from my first book Learning Curve are on Monday and Thursday.
Is there anything better for students than being in the class of the cool teacher? When it comes to being a teenage student, and being forced to attend school, there is nothing better than a class where the teacher is passionate about education. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children, while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention? Rock the Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students, while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place. For the “cool teacher,” the front of their classroom is their stage, and every day, for hours, they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date. The crowd-rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections and learning that last a lifetime. These teachers are popular, year after year, while others are still struggling to learn how to relate to the students. In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things cool teachers do that make them successful in working with, and producing, successful and long lasting, learning-centered relationships. Rock the Crowd is great for teachers who are struggling to find their teaching groove and to reenergize those that are already grooving.