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The Well-Balanced Teacher: Chapter 3:

Utilize this summary as a spring board for conversation and or personal reflection



BELONGING
RELATIONSHIP WITH STUDENTS
RELATIONSHIP WITH COLLEAGUES
Seek out enthusiastic Colleagues:
-Organize a regular reflection time
-Explore educational books together
-Start a goal-specific group
-Ask for release time
-Set up an observation rotation

RELATIONSHIP WITH ADMINISTRATION
RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILIES
BELONGING
TO
THE
GREATER
EDUCATIONAL
COMMUNITY
Make friends with Professional Peers:
-Invite staff to weekly breakfasts
-Go to happy hour together on Friday
-Join a staff sports team
-Start a walking club
-Begin a book club (for non-school-related books)
-Put on a staff talent show
-Be mindful to include new staff members
-Watch a game together

Dealing with a Toxic Environment:
-Do not become negative yourself
-Engage in crucial conversations
-Find at least one positive colleague
-Connect with the broader educational
community
-Be realistic about how long you can stay on
a schools faculty

Get to know your students:
-Build in time for chitchat
-Eat in the cafeteria
-Create a student display space
-Start an after-school club
-Create a time capsule
-Post pictures of former classes

Avoid social networking with Students:
-basically avoid adding students to your personal
social network



Be Proactive:
-Invite them in
-Copy them on home-school communication
-Pop into the office

Beware of Becoming Too Close

-Subscribe to a
publication
-Connect with an online
support group
-attend conferences and
workshops

Be Proactive:
-Send a friendly letter home before the school year
-Hold an open house early
-Create a class website
-Send notes home frequently
-Call home with good news
-Attend games and other student events
Respect the Teacher/Friend Boundary