What Should a Teacher Be Like??
Understandable, children don't have to strain to hear
Not too fast or too slow
Interesting sound, no monotones
Relates that you believe what you say, lends validity to your words
If you are not interested in what you're saying, why should they be?
Proper vocabulary for young children
Don't baby-talk older kids
Vocal pitch properly placed
Nasal or annoying tones cause children to "tune out"
Avoid word habits
"you know" "like"
Speaking of . . .
Younger children appreciate the stereotypical "teacher clothes": bright colors; pictures and themes on vests, ties, jewelry
Older children appreciate some knowledge of current styles: it can erode respect to be perceived as thinking in another decade (or century)
Appearance should not be unduly distracting
Clothing must accommodate activities
Clothing should reflect a professional appearance
Some school districts have strict dress codes for teachers and students