1. Don’t ever let your students talk. Or get up out of their seats. Especially to learn something. You might loose control.
2. Take it personally that your students don’t bring supplies or do their homework.
3. Take every emotional outburst personally.
4. Do not ask for help. Do not accept help when offered.
5. Do not get to know any of your students. Especially the ones that have frequent emotional outbursts.
6. If your students don’t get everything you teach…. panic. Only teach what you planned to teach. Do. Not. Deviate. Ever.
7. Do not make friends with other teachers. Especially the teachers at your school. They are probably boring and like to do things like sit at home and drink wine. horrible.
8. Do not take time to celebrate small victories. Only big achievement matters.
9. Under no circumstance find yourself laughing. Not at your students, not with your students, not ever.
10. Combat the daily stresses by complaining… or gossiping.
There have been a few times in the past few months when I have found myself staring at my empty classroom just moments after my last period class poured out at the bell thinking to myself “how in the world did I get through this day!” There have been a handful of times where I have been totally stressed out and overwhelmed from carrying the brokenness of my students and trying to love them better or love them despite any behavior and baggage they may bring to my classroom. It is at this exact moment that I have found myself wanting to go and gripe to anyone who will listen, as if their day was any easier. It is my prayer that I will combat the stress of a hard day with gratitude and the hope that tomorrow will be better.