- Category: Leadership
Workshop Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration time: 8:30 am
Registration fee: $175 ($150 for Texas ASCD members)
Please contact our office at 1.512.477.8200 to schedule this institute at your location.
Summary: When one teacher really wants to insult another teacher, he or she will say with a slight sneer, "That wasn't very professional of you." As we head for our first teaching job, our professors wave goodbye and murmur, "And remember, above all, be professional." We nod knowingly, yet walk away without a clue as to what that specifically means. It's kind of like telling your class to "Be good!" when you have to run to the office for a few minutes. You have to define your terms. One student may think that means to read quietly in the textbook until you return, another may think you'll be quite pleased that she didn't set anything on fire.
In this workshop, we will discuss how to be professional with our students and with our colleagues. This program covers the essentials (major and minor) for new teachers, such as getting organized and keeping up with the required paperwork, dressing in an appropriate way for the job, dealing with stress and frustration, communicating with parents, and learning to respect the power that is given to us as educators. We will also discuss how to create and implement a logical, efficient, and effective plan for maintaining discipline, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition, participants will find a clear and persuasive answer to the dreaded question that at least one student will ask every year: "Why do we have to learn this stuff?" Teachers do not always have a great deal of control in choosing what to teach, but finding a way to communicate the importance and usefulness of what they teach is key to their success.