Educator, Have Some Fun!

Enjoying Self

One of the ways cool and popular teachers become that way is because they know what it is like to be liked. They are operating from a knowing. Many times, especially in education, we operate from an unknowing. We want everyone to feel bad so they know how it feels when they hurt someone else. Popular teachers don’t operate like that. Their self-esteem is high enough that they rarely care if they are popular, so it is easier to be liked. Those teachers trying too hard to be liked, and I know it may shock you that they exist, are falling short. It’s kind of like dieting: if you try really hard, you usually fail, but if you just accept certain things, then all the fight against a force is removed.

Popular teachers enjoy themselves. No matter the size or shape, they enjoy who they are as people in the profession. One thing I always notice about the popular teachers is that they really like who they are, flaws and all. There are times when these people are almost shocked others don’t enjoy life more. The approach of these teachers is to be joyful, knowing that in the end, they could take their joy someplace else if things got too bad. They have a confidence that some of their peers dislike because they seem so happy all the time. Their students will ask why they are happy all the time. They come up with happy sayings that are corny, but memorable. Their happiness and self-enjoyment create a divide with their peers; they are either liked or not. Very few people are middle-of-the-road with these enjoyable individuals.

By enjoying yourself, you see education as a process. Enjoyment leads to smiles, and smiles lead to a better understanding of the wants and needs of your students. It is very hard to be aware of your students’ needs when you are not in a place where you are enjoying life. For those struggling, this is one of the first places to start. Ask yourself: do I enjoy being around me? If you say “no,” or pause to answer, then you may realize others also find it tough to be around you. Switch that around and take a few moments each day to look at yourself, and place yourself in a new light. Approach it with an understanding that you are a work in progress, but you can have some wins now.

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.

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Educator, Know Thy Self!

Who Are You?

Who are you as a teacher? Right now, assess if you are cool and popular, or not. If you are a cool and popular teacher, good, but you may want to keep reading to make sure. If you think you may not be a cool and popular teacher, or you KNOW you are not, then keep reading, and you will get plenty of helpful tips to help change all of that.

Who you are defines how you will react to all students. As a teacher, your personality will also define how you react to all students. If your beliefs are so that you dislike a certain group of students, then it will show up when you have to deal with those students. You can’t hide from the truth. I am not saying that you should agree with everything, but you have to be accepting of the diversity of students you will have to interact with.

One of the worst things I have heard a teacher say is that all they want to do is “work with the good kids.” No shit, really? You only want to work with the kids doing everything you ask, at every moment, and do it enthusiastically? Well, I guess you don’t want to teach kids. Teenagers are the complete opposite. They are here to discover and decide. They will test the wall, and be strange. They will go against your valuable advice and directives, just like you did as a teen.

You have to work on being accepting of all students because they are changing just like those before them. They are trying to figure out the world and how they fit. They are all going through the same things every human on the planet goes through during their teen years.

Who you are will define if you stand up for, and support, your students. I believe that teachers have a duty to stand up for students. As gunmen enter schools, regularly as is the case lately, I am amazed at how teachers will stand up to these sure-death moments to protect the kids. Now, not every teacher needs to go through that to prove they are worthy, but check out your daily habits. Are you seeing each student in the best light?

In my class, you really had to prove you were an asshole of a kid before I would believe it. Over a thirteen year period, there were about five students total that really proved they were just going to be that type of person. I think that is a good ratio. Of the hundreds of kids, there was only a handful I would consider “too much” for me to handle. I did have some that were committed to testing my limits, but I always gave them another shot.

When it comes to delivering the best education to your students, you have to stand up for them. This is a daunting task with very little, monetary rewards. But you are rewarded by knowing you are at the forefront of creating and influencing excellent citizens.

Support comes in all forms, but students have told me they just need to feel that someone cares about them outside of their house. This amazed me, as many students shared that the care of a “stranger” became a trusted adult and made them feel like the world isn’t as bad as the news may show.

Who you are will define if you treat all students fairly, even when they don’t deserve it. On those days when they really work to break your spirit with any and every antic, you still have to treat them fairly. These can be the hardest of days, but I believe that the popular teachers know these days are coming, so they are not surprised. I am often amazed that teachers are surprised their kids will act imperfectly. However, how you approach all situations will help your days go better.

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.

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Great Teachers: How Do They Do It?

How Do They Do It?

Do you ever wonder how we cool teachers get it done? How does a popular teacher really get the success in the classroom that many other teachers desire? Every teacher has a small flock of students that like them, and look to them for guidance. But look at the overall body of students you work with. Do they really like you? Popular teachers are cool, crazy, connect to all students, and deliver a lot of good info. Aside from those simple things, they have qualities that are important to connecting with students. I believe that any teacher struggling to find their way should take some time and observe these cool teachers. This isn’t about being tall, short, cute, ugly, black, white, male, female, young, or old. Cool teachers just connect with students. The kids will say things like, “They are just cool.” Cool to kids means many things, but when it comes to an adult, that label brings with it a lot of respect and admiration. This isn’t just limited to teachers, even though they are on the frontline. It is also connected to administrators. Kids know truth from fiction. They know when a person is being fair or unfair, and they know if it is right or wrong. They understand who really has the right passion for the game of teaching, and who has their best interest at heart. We aren’t talking about like or dislike; fairness plays a huge role in being a cool and popular teacher.

It is also about being dedicated to the process. The process popular teachers create isn’t just one where anything goes. It is a direct movement of skill and knowledge, with improvement of the student’s life as a major part of the equation.

Cool teachers get it done by focusing on what is right rather than what is popular. One of the hardest things about teaching is doing what is right in the face of administration and parental pressures. This can be a tough time for any teacher committed to making their students have the best educational opportunity. At times, there can be a real conflict between what the parent is asking, and what the teacher is attempting to do in their classroom.

During my teaching days there was a term that irked the hell out of me. You may have heard of the statement “choose your battles.” Depending on how receptive the administration, parents, students, and peers are, you will have to make a big decision on what is important to fight for and what isn’t. I will say this before you start: “Learn to Choose Your Battles.” While teaching, I wasn’t a fighter of every battle, just the ones when I knew the right thing to do for students was not being done. That can include a lot of things in education, but there are battles that you just aren’t going to care enough about to fight. So I say to you, “LEARN” enough about yourself so you know what is important to you. I had to learn what was important to me in the world of education so that when I did decide to fight, my passion was there with me, and my focus was rightly directed. There is nothing tougher than trying to fight every battle. You can’t do it. You won’t be able to keep up with all the things you need to know to fight properly. My main focus is classroom discipline and structure that lead to student learning and success. I fight for those things because I believe they are important when educating teenagers. My opinion is that the battles I chose were worth fighting for, so I did. When there would be a situation that related to discipline and structure that didn’t make sense, I would do the right thing for my students. Many times this meant standing up when a parent could become very upset with the teacher’s actions regarding their child. This isn’t bucking the system or rules; it is just my way of making sure what I believe in was at the forefront, and being protected.

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.

http://www.createspace.com/ 4703109

Rock The Crowd by Pierce Brunson

Rock The Crowd: How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors.

Rock The Crowd by Pierce Brunson

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.

Pierce Brunson’s education includes Lynch Elementary, Meadowlawn Middle, Gibbs Senior High School (and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts) in St. Petersburg, Florida, Temple University in Philadelphia and Wilmington University in Delaware. He has 13 years teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher, majoring in World History and Sociology. As a teacher, Pierce has a natural gift to rock the crowd, and every day he knew the power of taking the stage in front of students and delivering a great lesson. Being a sponge for learning ideas that would work with his students, Pierce started to use the techniques of other campus crowd rockers to greatly improve his teaching techniques. In 2012 Pierce stepped away from the classroom to pursue the personal challenge of positively affecting 10,000+ students a year with Firefly Event Photography, his company that captures images that reflect the personality of high school students at their homecomings, proms, and graduations. The second part of his life involves developing content that helps high school students grow the best skills possible to follow their personal path to success. Anytime Pierce has the opportunity to speak to teachers or students, he is only thinking of one thing before he starts…Rock the Crowd!

 

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.