Monday, January 26, 2009

52 Teachers, 52 Lessons #3: Smile

This week's entry comes to us from Tammy Gilmore. Check out how she uses blogs with her students (after you read her advice):

Twenty years ago, my first superintendent and mentor Jerrell Lillard gave me the best advice that I have ever received: "Be firm, fair, and consistent." Over the years, I have had several opportunities to share that phrase with friends, peers, student interns, mentees, and that person I greet in the mirror every morning...maybe that person more than anyone else!

This advice transcends three school districts, hundreds of teachers, and thousands of students, advice that has literally stood the test of time. This advice gained me many friends and, if nothing else, the respect all teachers so-justly deserve.

Forget that age-old advice, "Don't smile until Christmas." Do smile! Just smile as you gently, but firmly lead, guide, and teach the future of our great country.

Tammy Gillmore, NBCT
English/Journalism Teacher
Batesville High School
Blog: Treasure Chest of Thoughts

Thank you Tammy! I also need to thank Joel of So You Want to Teach?, who has set up another place to follow the progress of this project and encouraged more teachers to participate.

Read more about this project here or add the 52 teachers 52 lessons tag to your favorites. Email your entries to teachforeverATgmailDOTcom. Week 4 will be posted next Monday, February 2.