5. Be Accessible—and Demand the Same

long-term goalsTeachers spend their careers and much of their personal life during the school year providing the service of educating others. Part of being an educator involves remaining available to students and their families during most hours of the day. While teachers are expected to be accessible, students and their families should also be open to communication with teachers to discuss classwork, projects, and long-term goals. Teachers, students, and families are all partners in a child’s education, and should start communicating like a team.

Successful students often have strong adults supporting their efforts to reach long-term goals. Teachers who suspect that students are not receiving the support for education at home should work with kids to ensure they have a safe, nurturing home environment. If abuse or neglect is suspected, teachers should work with administrators and authorities to keep students safe.

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