They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. Well, if thats true, this month I want you to NOT be yourself; I want you to pretend to be someone else. I know thats totally opposite of what youve been taught. Dont imitate anyone, just be yourself. Well, thats good advice, but its not totally accurate advice.
I once read a sign that said, Be yourself, only better! I love that quote, and thats exactly what I want you to be this monthbetter. I want you to imitate and model someone whos better than you (in the classroom).
As much success as youve already achieved (and I congratulate you), I want you to think back and remember your favorite teacher (i.e., the one who inspired you to teach and set the bar for what you considered a good teacher to be).
I want you to reflect on everything you remember about that favorite teacher that made you admire and respect him or her. Was it her smile? How about his attitude or optimism? Was it her level of energy? Was it his creativity? Was it her love and passion for teaching? Was it his compassion for others?
Now, I want you to pretend to be your favorite teacher for at least one week this month. Just ask yourself:
I want you to model your favorite teacher and really become that teacher for one full week. It will probably freak out most of your students and colleagues (if your personality is radically different), but what itll do for your confidence and attitude will be well worth it. Also, it can be a lot of fun, so dont take yourself too seriously.
So this month, try motivation through imitation. And as always, teach with passion, and remember to practice what you teach!
Article by Joe Martin
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