The Hidden Rules Teachers Need to Know
Just as with any work environment, there are hidden rules when you work in a school. Here are a few you need to know before you walk in the door on your first day:
- Follow rank order---ask a teacher on your team, ask your lead teacher, ask the assistant principal, then the principal. Wherever you get your question answered, stop.
- IF you are told to do something, or asked to do something by your superior, assume it’s a directive and get it done.
- Be on time--that means a few minutes BEFORE an event or meeting is scheduled to start. Time is a premium in education, so every second counts. Waiting for people or having to catch people up because they were late is a real turn off.
- Make your due dates---most administrators really hate it when teachers don't turn in the things they ask for in a timely manner. It creates more work for them and seems disrespectful.
- Dress professionally---Said the students, “I need you to be my teacher, not my peer.”
Don’t leave campus during conference periods.
- Be back from lunch ON TIME.
- Sign in and out daily, including when you leave for lunch. That list is used in emergencies such as fires.
- Never leave your students unattended by an adult.
- Show up for duty assignments, ready for duty, not grading papers.
- Never call in the day you need to be off unless you or your child wakes up “dying,” vomiting or with a fever. Go in.
- Always give prior notice if you are going to have to be out for an appointment or some other personal reason. That means ask for permission.
- SHOW UP for faculty meetings, and listen respectfully. Bring supplies to take notes. Follow through.
- Maintain emergency sub plans with meaningful activities. Keep easily accessible.
Get permission before you use videos, movies, network or cable TV in your classroom.
School procedures are in place for a reason. Follow them and teach students to as well.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep your cool and be respectful to all.