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Seven habits of highly successful teachers

  1. 1. Habits of Highly Successful Teachers By Mrs Abida Mahmood Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust Walton Rd Lahore Cantt Inspired by the idea of Stephen Covey March 2008
  2. 2. They Lead
  3. 3. They Train
  4. 4. They teach
  5. 5. They Inspire
  6. 6. They Motivate
  7. 7. They Touch Lives
  8. 8. And they Change Lives ……Forever
  9. 9. TEACHERS
  10. 10. Making a difference as a teacher Sow a thought, and you reap an act; Sow an act, and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character, and you reap a destiny. Teachers sow good habits in children…..
  11. 11. What is a habit? Habit is a principle that we internalise. It is the overlapping of knowledge, skill and attitude. Skill Attitude Knowledge Habit
  12. 12. “. . .[teachers] come to trust their insights and judgements at the same time as they begin to decrease their dependence on decontextualized principles and techniques of good practice” (Brookfield, 1990)
  13. 13. Effective habits of Teachers • Be Proactive • Begin with the End in Mind • Put First Things First • Think Win/Win • Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood • Synergize • Sharpen the Saw • Find your voice and inspire others
  14. 14. Be Proactive Begin with an end in mind Put first things first Think win win Seek first to understand then to be understood Synergize Sharpen the saw Private Victory Public Victory Renewal Find your voice
  15. 15. 1. Be Proactive Stop worrying about the things you can’t control, like the weather, the illiterate parents of your pupils and what your colleagues are going to wear. Focus on what you can control, your attitude, your decisions and your response to whatever happens to you. Gain control over your moods.
  16. 16. Circumstances beyond control Too much to cover Students ill prepared or not interested Not enough time Teaching not rewarded
  17. 17. Work within circle of influence Choices Responses Circle of Control Ourselves Attitudes
  18. 18. 2.Begin with the End in Mind A goal not written is only a wish. Write down your goals. Why are you in the teaching profession? What is the aim of your life? • essence precedes existence • intention (mental representation) then action • central role of mission statement • learning objectives of the lesson
  19. 19. Begin with the end in mind “Teaching is about making some kind of dent in the world so that the world is different than it was before you practiced your craft” Brookfield, S.D. (1990).
  20. 20. Covey writes, “How many really buy into it and use it as your frame of reference for making decisions? Without involvement there is no commitment. Mark it down, asterisk it, circle it, underline it. NO INVOLVEMENT, NO COMMITMENT”
  21. 21. Begin with an end in mind PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT If you don’t have a personal mission statement it’s time for you to have one now. Your Nabul- aein. You have been created to do something, as now you are in teaching you are influencing the lives of many. What do you intend to do with your life as a teacher?
  22. 22. Mission statement of a teacher… Enable me to teach with WISDOM For I help to shape the mind Equip me to teach with TRUTH For I help to shape a conscience Encourage me to teach with VISION For I help to shape the future Empower me to teach with LOVE For I help to shape the world
  23. 23. 3.Put First Things First Take fifteen minutes at the beginning of each week to plan your week. Teaching needs a lot of planning- long term planning, term planning, day to day planning, lesson planning- obviously the school will have policies on planning but it’s up to you to prioritise your tasks.
  24. 24. Identifying missions and values Identify missions and values Set Goals Plan weekly Plan Daily
  25. 25. Strategies for teaching 1.Moderate classroom incivilities with pro social immediacies 2. Wait 3. Begin before feeling ready 4. Work and teach in brief, regular sessions 5. Stop 6. Moderate over attachment to content and overreaction to criticism 7. Moderate negative thinking and strong emotions 8. Let others do some of the work 9. Welcome learning and change 10. Build resilience by limiting wasted efforts
  26. 26. The magical matrix Crisis Relationship building Fighting fires New opportunities Deadlines Creativity, Planning Busy Work Some mail, True Procastination reports meetings, etc. Know how to say no
  27. 27. 4. Think Win - Win When Regan was president, he had a sign in his office that read, ‘We’ll accomplish more if we don’t care who gets the credit.’ Get into the habit of sharing recognition and praise whenever you get it. People will love you for it. You are not the only best teacher around, learn from other great teachers, be the first one to ask to learn. It would help you to grow. Take pleasure in sharing. Two brains are always better than one.
  28. 28. Win-win Interdependence Emotional Bank Accounts- making people trust you  Understanding the individual- especially pupils  Attending to the little things  Keeping commitments  Clarifying expectations with pupils and administration  Showing Personal Integrity  Apologizing sincerely for “withdrawals”
  29. 29. 5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood Learn to use these words, ‘What do you think?’ We think that we as teachers are supposed to give advice if someone comes to us for help. If we learn to understand by listening to everybody especially our pupils, life will be much happier. (spelt conference)
  30. 30. Listening leads to Vulnerability The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success: Surviving and Thriving in the College Classroom One of the greatest rewards of teaching is allowing yourself to be sufficiently vulnerable that you empower students to share more of themselves with you and their peers than might at times be comfortable.
  31. 31. 6. Synergy Synergy is achieved when two people work together to create a better solution than either person could alone. It’s not your way or my way but a better way, a higher way. Learn to appreciate differences. The next time you run into someone and feel yourself judging that person because they dress, talk, think, speak, or look different, stop yourself and think about what you do have in common instead. Remember they might be judging you the same way you judge them.
  32. 32. Synergy We as teachers need to learn with open mindedness and teach pupils to do the same, to share, to celebrate differences, to achieve as team members and to find new and better ways of teaching and learning.
  33. 33. Diversity = Creative Sparks = Opportunity
  34. 34. Synergy is more than compromise or cooperation. Compromise is 1+1=1½. Cooperation is 1+1=2, Synergy is 1+1=11, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
  35. 35. 7. Sharpen Your Saw Social/Emotional: Meet people and see the positive side in them. Spiritual: Pray regularly Mental: Learn, read Physical: Exercise
  36. 36. Sharpen your saw Abraham Lincoln was once asked, ‘What would you do if you had eight hours to cut down a tree?’ He replied, ‘I’d spend the first four hours sharpening my saw.’
  37. 37. 8. Find your voice and Inspire Others to find theirs • Your talent (natural gifts and strengths) • Your passion (those things that naturally energize, excite, motivate and inspire you) • Your need (what the world needs to pay to you) • Your conscience (small voice within you that assures you about what is right and prompts you to actually do it.)
  38. 38. Concluding Remarks "There are no formulas for good teaching, and the advice of experts has but marginal utility. If we want to grow in our practice, we have two primary places to go: to the inner ground from which good teaching comes and to the community of fellow teachers from whom we can learn more about ourselves and our craft” ( Palmer, 1998).
  39. 39. Dependence Public Victory Private Victory Independence Interdependence Be Proactive Begin with an end in mind 1st things 1st Think win win Synergize Seek 1st to understand
  40. 40. Being a teacher you are destined for great things. Always remember, you were born with everything you need to succeed. You don’t have to look anywhere else. The power and light are in you!
  41. 41. "I've come to the frightening conclusion That I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides Whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated And a child humanized or de-humanized."
  42. 42. Thank you Let’s work together for a better Pakistan!

Notas do Editor

  • We are all responsible for our own actions. Here in Pakistan we are a part of the chain of BLAME- where every one blames someone else for what’s happening. We say Pakistan would be different if he had a different leader……….is it really true, do we work honestly, AM I doing what I am supposed to be doing(with honesty and integrity)
  • The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude
  • Mother Teresa once said,
    ‘If we judge people, we’ll have no time to love them’. Very true these days.