If at first you don't succeed, try again (now, where have I heard that?). Don't give up. Sometimes for every step forward, we move two steps back. But, dedication and competence will win. (I spent a year praying, too, when everything I did seemed a failure.)
Beware of dogmatic educators. Beware of anyone that says she/he knows the "best" way of doing something. Listen to educators who will admit they are not perfect; listen to teachers that admit they have a lot to learn. Students will tell you who is a good teacher. Ask the students what makes the teacher good. It has been my experience that knowledge, organization and fairness (especially the last) are important to students.
If your students do not perceive you as respecting each and everyone of them, they will not respect you. The respect of ones students is a very important element in performing the mission of a teacher.
Find a friend with which to share the good and bad. --
Math History Lives!
Karen Dee Michalowicz VQUEST Math Lead Teacher/Trainer Upper School Mathematics Chair Virginia Quality Education The Langley School in Sciences and Technology 1411 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22012 USA 703-356-1920(w) E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (703) 790-9712 --or-- KarenDM@aol.com