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04 October 2004: The Only Republican Teacher I Know (1 of 3)

On July 14, 2004 the AP ran a short article discussing Jenna Bushís plans to begin teaching fourth grade at a charter school this fall. The article included this quote from the First Lady:

My main advice for Jenna and for all teachers in all schools is to remember to treat every child with respect. Thatís what our children deserve.

Maybe some other time, Iíll consider making a list of the ways that teachers can respect their students. Right now, though, Iíd like to jump on the bandwagon and give Jenna some advice myself:

Whatever happens, never ever forget that you are the teacher. That means your job is to teach. Any time a student demonstrates that they donít know something, it is your job to teach it to them. It doesnít matter how many times you may have tried to teach it to them in the past. If they are demonstrating that they donít know something, you have to teach it to them because you are the teacher. It could be behavior choices or times tables, but whatever it is, if they are showing you they donít know it, donít get angry or frustrated about it, just teach it to them again because you are the teacher.

teaching quote of the day

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Chinese proverb

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