> I was very fortunate to work with an administration and
> faculty and staff that supported gifted education. I loved
> my kids and my job, most of the time.
> Some things that worked for me:
> Be a team player.
> Ask for suggestions and ideas. Classroom teachers often
> passed on great materials to me, saying that these might be
> good for my class, but not for their whole classes.
> Stay out of the teacher lounge as much as possible.
> Try to stay out of any dramas.
> When in ANY doubt, run projects by the powers that be. They
> don't like surprises.
> I loved it when my kids could come up with improvements on
> my ideas. It never bothered me that I might be teaching
> some students with a higher IQ than me. I had more life
> experience and a broader range of knowledge.
> I will always be grateful for the class that taught me the
> basics of chess. I loved it when a student could teach me
> and other students new things.
> I always told a new class that if I made a mistake to please
> let me know in a kind(respectful) way. I always thanked
> them politely when they did so. No "Got'cha" moments for
> This makes it "easier" to correct their mistakes.
> My kids and I had mutual respect for each other, but they
> always knew who was in charge. That would be me.
> Everybody and every situation is unique.
> These are just some suggestions of things that worked for