Core Attributes to Rock the Crowd
Cool teachers have substance to who they are, and why they are doing things. If you have some cool teachers in your school, then take this list and just observe what they do. Now, there are always those teachers that are fool’s gold and attract the students that want an easy “A” or to get one over on the system. This is a sample of short-term teacher-student relationship, and is based on a take-take rather than a give-take. The students are pumping that teacher up to use them for their weak discipline plan, below average teaching skills and neediness. In fact, you may already know of a few. You instantly see the difference in the teachers that are connecting and forming the right student-teacher relationships. Those teachers have a high percentage of the following qualities that help them connect, educate, and mentor better than others. These teachers are hardcore disciplinarians; they are passionate about their job and life. Their passion bleeds from them and they can’t be rattled in stressful situations. They know why they are a teacher, and they understand their role as an educator. They leave emotion at the door; they are fair. They have hobbies, and are interesting people, and when it comes to working with students, every day is a new day.
Take a few moments to look at your teaching routine and see if you have the majority of things on that list. I will go over each one so you can develop your own twist to becoming the cool teacher that makes great connections to improve the lives of your students.
The core attributes of cool teachers are the meat of this book. By reading these attributes you can see where you stand, and how you can use the info to unleash the cool teacher in you. If you have a problem with me using the terms “cool”, or “popular,” then you may want to stop here. These terms are used because they are true. Kids, even when we were that age, love to be connected to the words “cool” and “popular.” I am not talking about popularity at the cost of self-esteem, but a coolness where many students will open up to your confidence, and therefore, open up to learning. The core attributes are the basics of the teachers I have witnessed during my 13-year career as a classroom teacher. When I started teaching, I was liked, but according to my new definition, I wasn’t cool. I was enjoyed by students, but not popular. In my second year, I started to turn the corner as I thought about the teachers I enjoyed in high school. They were of all shapes, sizes, and colors, but they all had the cool and popular vibe going. Luckily, in the early part of my career, there were some good, experienced, teachers that would talk with me about being a teacher. They had decades of experience, and they were awesome. They would tell stories, and then pull me aside and remind me of what my main purpose was. Just having those lifers speak with me was very valuable, and it helped me shape my approach to teaching.
These attributes are directly related to those conversations, and moments of guidance. I was lucky to have such a great group of mentors during the first three years of my career. These attributes are from my observations, and if you are struggling as a teacher, you are in the right place. Take hold of the message, and make them your own. Your students await your coolness!
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.