Hardly a day goes by that I am not called “the coolest sub in the school” by someone, yet that has never been my goal. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure I am not bothered a bit by that moniker. It’s fine being “cool” but only if you are meeting the needs of your students and the expecations of the teachers you are temporarily replacing. In the article below, author Catherine Killingsworth tells us three things we can do that may seem cool, but will ultimately cause us to lose respect. That is certainly a price too high to pay for coolness.
We all want to be cool. Often, even when we are the most experienced, knowledgeable, and confident person in the room (as we often are–though not always–in middle school classrooms) we still want our kids to like us. This is why we often do three very stupid things in the hopes of making ourselves more appealing to our kids:
1. Being sarcastic. We all have vague memories of a high school teacher who was sort of bitter and sarcastic, and we remember thinking he was entertaining. He reminded us of that cool teacher from TV, right? So if we’re sarcastic in class, that makes us cool, right?
Wrong–especially with kids under the age of 14. If think back further, we remember that,while it was sometimes funny when teachers made fun of historical figures, we never liked listening to jokes we didn’t understand, and we REALLY didn’t like feeling stupid or…
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