Students do judge you by your appearance—and appearance includes everything from your perfume to how much “bling” is your thing. Students come to school with many problems, and the role of “teacher” requires more than just knowing subject matter. Students will try harder when they believe the teacher “likes” them. Show students that you are a pleasant person, but remember that you are the teacher, not their friend. Students share qualities of a “good” and a “not so good” teacher with Dede, and she shares their list with you – a must-see for new teachers! Students have successes and failures and real feelings. To be a good teacher, remember that you are not teaching a subject, you are teaching human beings.
Please help Dede to help children. Dede’s new book, Grady Gets Glasses, features a rabbit named Grady who wears glasses, and explains concepts to small children like farsighted and nearsighted, as well as making them feel “special”, because they wear glasses just like Grady. Dede is trying to raise the money to have a soft and plush Grady toy made, so that kids can have their special friend Grady with them! Manufacturers, materials, trademarks, and lawyer fees total $50,000 for this dream of helping children.