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How to become the teacher students remember
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2015 11:17 AM

When most people think back to school they recall friends, preparing for tests like the Common Core, projects and their favorite teachers. How does an educator become memorable? Here are some tips:

Get to know your students 
One of the reasons many students fondly recall certain teachers is the educators took a personal interest in them. They don't just remember the names of each classmate; these teachers know the students' families, hobbies and interests and genuinely care about their wellbeing. Getting to know your students shouldn't be hard as you'll spend many hours with them over the course of a year. Just listen when they talk and you'll gain plenty of information on their personalities, likes and dislikes.

Be kind
In some situations it can feel impossible to get through to students with a calm voice. When they are rowdy and not paying attention or even act out, it's important to react with kindness and understanding. If you become the teacher who yells or is scary you will possibly be remembered only for these intimidating traits and not the lessons you teach. Be kind and your students will feel they can trust you, which leads to strong relationships and respect.

Stick to your word
Rules are necessary for students to understand what behavior is acceptable. They also show students what disciplinary action they can expect should they choose to break the rules. Besides writing this important list, you must also be the enforcer. If you let bad behaviors slide or neglect to follow the rules yourself, you are setting a bad example for the rest of the class. Your students will think it's OK to act out because they won't necessarily be punished. For rules to be effective they must be carried out 100 percent of the time. If some special circumstance arises, make sure everyone knows why you are not following the rules and understands why a situation warrants an exception. 

Get to know your students' parents
Students are not solo entities. They come with families who are a huge part of their lives. For you to support a student you must have a relationship with his or her parents or guardians. Teachers should hold periodic conferences to check in with their students' families to see how school is going and share triumphs and concerns. When you are supportive to a student, you gain the respect and admiration of a family and even the whole community.