For new teachers:
Make a deposit in the “bank” with your parents before you have been in school two weeks. Call the parent/s of each and every student with some sort of praise for their child. Let them know how excited you are to be working with their child and that you are always there for the child and to help. When we do this, we have a “deposit” for those calls we all hate to make when behavior has been less than spectacular! 🙂 It really works. It is amazing how much smoother the parent contact aspect of teaching goes when you make the extra effort during the first two weeks to contact parents. Blessings, peace, and Godspeed as you set out on the adventure of a lifetime!
Walk the line- Having a connection with your students is one of the most important parts of teaching. You need to be able to relate to them and reach them and there needs to be trust there, too. That being said, you have to walk a fine line between teacher and friend.