THE ALPHABETS OF TEACHING FOR EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER

#1. I am a teacher.
I am adventurous. I want my students to come to class wondering what adventure we will have today. I am constantly searching for ways to engage my students, to make learning fun, and avoid the status quo.
I am aware . I understand that each of my students are individuals who face unique challenges, have individual learning styles, and have their own strengths and weaknesses.

#2. I am a teacher.
I am beloved. I am leaving behind a legacy. The lessons I teach my students will last a lifetime. My students think highly of me and will cherish the time we were able to spend together.
I am big-hearted. I know that many of my students fight personal battles that I cannot begin to fathom. I love my students and wish I could give each of them the life they deserve.

#3. I am a teacher.
I am collaborative:I engage parents, students, community members, and other teachers in the educational process.
I am creative. I resourcefully pull together activities and resources and mold them into engaging lessons that my students respond positively to.

#4. I am a teacher.
I am determined. I will not give up on any student. I will find a way to make a difference. I am relentless in my pursuit of educating every student.
I am diligent. I leave no stone unturned. If there is a way, I will find it. I love every phase of my job and attack each aspect ferociously.

#5. I am a teacher.
I am encouraging . I talk my students up. I tell them they can do it, when others tell them they can’t. Our mindset is positive. We can accomplish anything.
I am engaging . I keep my students focused. I have attention grabbers built into every lesson. Once I have them hooked, I know they can and will learn.

#6. I am a teacher.
I am focused. I have professional goals that I am determined to achieve. I know where I need to get my students, and I have a plan to get them there.
I am friendly. I greet everyone with a smile. I laugh and joke with my students so that they know I am not a robot. I am approachable and easy to talk to.

#7. I am a teacher.
I am grateful. I do not take for granted the opportunities and tasks that are bestowed on me. It is an honor to work with the students I am given.
I am growing. I understand my strengths and weaknesses. I am continuously seeking out valuable professional development opportunities to help me improve.

#8.I am a teacher.
I am hard working . I often arrive early and stay late. I am continuously thinking about how to improve and conduct regular research to find tools to do my job better.
I am honest. I do not hide who I am or what I do. I answer each question truthfully and own up to mistakes when I make them.

#9. I am a teacher.
I am inspiring . I want to be an example for my students. I want them to become a better person as a result of the interactions that we have together.
I am interactive.
My classroom is student centered. We conduct regular hands-on, exploratory activities. My students take ownership in projects and lessons.

#10. I am a teacher.
I am just. I am always fair. I carefully weigh any decision taking the “who and what” into consideration. No decision is taken lightly.
I am joyful . I celebrate with my students when they are successful. This is not limited to my classroom. I believe that all successes should be celebrated jubilantly.

#11. I am a teacher.
I am kind . I help my students when I know they need assistance. I check on them when they are sick and let them know I care when they lose someone.
I am knowledgeable . I am a content expert. I understand how to use instructional strategies, regularly incorporate technology, and differentiate instruction to reach every student.

#12. I am a teacher.
I am likable. I relate well to my students. I work hard to find a common ground. I talk to my students about my hobbies and interests.
I am lucky. I have been blessed with an opportunity to make an impact. It is not something I take lightly. Every day I have the ability to make a difference.

#13. I am a teacher.
I am modern. I will not be teaching the same way five years from now. I change with the times and keep things fresh. I am always updating my classroom and methodology.
I am motivating. I bring out the best in my students. I am ever aware of which students require extra prodding and find ways to reach them.

#14. I am a teacher.
I am noble . I hold myself accountable for my actions and have high expectations for myself. I strive to set an example by having outstanding character.
I am nurturing. I foster relationships with my students. I learn which students respond to constructive criticism and which students require a more gentle approach.

#15. I am a teacher.
I am organized. Everything in my classroom has a place. Organization aids with preparation and ultimately keeps the flow of the classroom going in the right direction.
I am original. There is only one of me. I am unique. My classroom and my style are my own creation. What I do cannot be duplicated.

#16. I am a teacher.
I am prepared . All my materials are ready to go well in advance of the lesson. I plan for surprises and over plan so that there is little downtime.
I am professional. I conduct myself appropriately inside and outside of my school. I adhere to each of the professional expectations of my school

#17.I am a teacher.
I am quick-witted . I can respond quickly and appropriately to student comments or actions in a manner that quickly diffuses a potentially tense situation.
I can be unconventional, outlandish, and crazy because I know that my students respond positively to that.

#18. I am a teacher.
I am reflective. I am constantly evaluating my approach and making changes. I reflect on what I can change to make improvements on a daily basis.
I am respectful. I give respect to each student because I know it is the only way to earn their respect. I value each person as an individual and embrace their differences.

#19. I am a teacher.
I am safe . Nothing matters to me more than keeping my students safe. I will lay down my own life if necessary. My classroom is a safe haven for all of my students.
I am structured . I have well-established expectations and procedures. I hold my students accountable for their actions. Distractions are kept to a minimum.

#20. I am a teacher.
I am tactful. I am diplomatic and choose my words carefully because I know my words can be turned against me. There are times that I bite my tongue because what I have to say can only get me in trouble.
I am thoughtful . I care about those I work with and recognize their contributions. I go out of my way to show my appreciation for my co-workers who do an outstanding job and make mine easier.

#21. I am a teacher.
I am underappreciated. There are people who discount me because I teach. There are people who do not like me because I teach. My students know my value, and that is what matters to me.
I am unselfish . I am willing to go the extra mile for my students. I arrive early or stay late to tutor struggling students. I make sacrifices so that my students have every opportunity to be successful.

#22. I am a teacher.
I am valuable. What I do matters. My students are better off for having me as a teacher. I bring value in ensuring that every student shows significant gains during their time with me.
I am versatile. I am able to change my approach to fit the learning styles in my classroom. I can teach multiple subjects across multiple grade levels effectively.
I am a teacher.

#23. I am whimsical. I take advantage of teachable moments. I understand that some of the most memorable lessons will be those that I did not plan to teach.
I am willing. I will do whatever it takes to ensure that each student is successful. I am willing to find the answers to the tough questions. I am flexible in my approach.

#24. I am a teacher.
I am xenodochial . I welcome anyone to visit my classroom. I want to be an integral part of my community and as such I talk to any constituent that I can about our school and education.
I am an X factor. I am a difference maker. I could be the one teacher with the ability to reach that student that no one has been able to reach before.

#25. I am a teacher.
I am yielding. I understand that some things are beyond my control. There will be occasional interruptions, and I must be flexible and go with the flow.
I am youthful. I may get older, but seeing me students learn fuels me. It excites me and invigorates me when a student has a “wow” moment.

#26. I am a teacher.
I am zany. I am willing to make crazy deals with my students if it motivates them. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty if it pushes my students to put more effort into learning.
I am zealous. I am passionate about teaching and learning. No one can question my commitment to the profession or to my students.

WE ARE AN EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER!

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