Fall is just around the corner. People keep asking me what I want in my son’s fourth grade teacher.  Below is the job I would post, IF I were actually doing the hiring. 

You’re in the profession of teaching, so I am assuming you are a lover of children and the process of educating and enriching their lives. I am also hoping you have a balance in your life that keeps you grounded and in good mental health. These requirements should go without saying.  If you don’t come with your carpet bag full of most of the below items, please think about a different job.

  • Do you have a sense of humor?
  • Can you discipline with that humor and love, instead of anger and frustration?
  • Are you creative?
  • Are you constantly thinking about and researching new ways to connect and teach the ever evolving brain of our modern children?
  • Do you like music and art? How do you plan on incorporating them into the daily activities?
  • How strict is your daily plan? Does it have room for spontaneity?
  • Are current events an important part of you classroom morning discussion?
  • Do you have morning discussions?
  • Are you willing to bring your hobbies into your curriculum? My gut says, if they turn you on they’re bound to turn them on.
  • How do you encourage independence?
  • How do you plan to highlight the individual child without making the others feel alienated?
  • Are you accountable? Do you hold the kids accountable?
  • Do you ever teach outside? If not, would you consider it on nice days?
  • Do you want parent involvement? If so, how will you communicate this?
  • Do you like cupcakes, would you prefer coffee or do ya really need an envelope full of cash once in a while because for what we as parents expect, you don’t get paid enough?
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Author: McKenzie Satterthwaite

Mom of 2 boys McKenzie (Mack) founded Real Mom Daily because of her own need to connect with like minded women and companies. Environmental sustainability and social justice run through the veins of everything in Mack's life. She just spent a year in Bali, Indonesia where her kids attended the Green School. They lived in a simple house in the middle of the rice paddies in Ubud. Now back in Los Angeles, simplicity is quickly forgotten. Prior to REAL MOM DAILY, Mack co-founded and created Camp Chat and the XMA (Extreme Martial Arts) Life skills and Leadership Program which is licensed by over 2,000 martial arts schools around the world. Mack also did a stint as a lead character on the soap opera As The World Turns. Jett Lee taught her how to fire a gun (though she'd NEVER keep one in her home), she's had a few too many vodkas with Jackie Chan, she's written 2 screen plays, made a short film, fully renovated 6 houses, started 4 companies, and as a kid detasseled corn in Illinois (yes, she can drive a tractor) and like many entrepreneurs, she once had a paper route. With Real Mom Daily Mack interfaces with influencers, companies and politicians on city, state and national levels to advocate for issues that stand for social good. Mack's Quaker upbringing gives her an appreciation for all things simple. She cooks dinner and has a nightly moment of silence before her family eats at a table often graced by friends and family. When she looks at her glass she sees it half full but... she's a skipping contradiction. View all posts by McKenzie Satterthwaite

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