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A REAL LAUGHER

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Rachel Previs, an elementary education major at the College of William and Mary, hopes that, when she becomes a teacher, she’ll be able to balance her desire to be seen as a professional with her innate silliness:


I think teachers often get so swept into the fears of standardization and cramming information in that they forget to laugh every now and again with students. … I always think it’s a great thing to remember is to learn to laugh at yourself. Be prepared to make mistakes and embarass yourself, but learn to laugh it off!

Out of the mouths of babes ed. students. ...

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Yes, the truth, and a fact so forgotten by so many educators. By being able to laugh off mistakes and embarrassing moments is important for self growth and positive role modeling. In this way, teachers are teaching students a healthy way of thinking and reacting to stress, and paving the way for their own professional self-development.

I'm a school principal and it is interesting to read the challenges teachers face in and out of the classroom. This will help me better support my teachers. Principals and other administrators face numerous challenges also. I sometimes feel like I am in the middle of a tornado!

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