Embarking on a career in education opens the doors to shaping young minds and fostering the leaders of tomorrow, but along with the admiration and respect that come with the title of a teacher, there are plenty of misconceptions that paint an incomplete picture of the profession. From the heartfelt connections formed in classrooms to the challenges that teachers courageously tackle every day, let’s debunk prevalent myths and gain a deeper appreciation for the invaluable role that teachers play in our society!
- Teachers Must Retain All the Power
In the 21st century, students are leaders and facilitators, not just consumers of information.
- Classroom Rules Ensure Good Behavior
Simply having rules does not prevent students from breaking them nor does it teach them self-management or control.
- Students Should Be Intrinsically Motivated
Remember: students are motivated (or have a lack of motivation) to learn for a variety of reasons.
- Conditional Praise is Necessary and Effective
Giving students compliments or rewarding them because they have done something you like or appreciate can be manipulative.
- Warnings Work
A classroom management plan is only as effective as our willingness to follow through on the conditions we use to create it.
- Administrators and Parents Should Be Disciplinarians
Counting on only them to take care of discipline problems may convey to students that you lack authority.
- Teachers Need to Be Stern
Some students shut down when faced with a teacher who is too stern and it can prevent strong relationships from forming.