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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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Why Educators Should Talk More About Their Work and Accomplishments

Teachers: Brag at your wish
In the business area, it's common practice to have handy what they calle their Elevator Pitch, but when you are in the education environment, their participants either do not care about this or simply they are too shy to brag about themselves.

Being a teacher is neither good or bad. It's another career like any other out there and nobody should feel ashamed to become a teacher even when media through its headlines keeps saying that more and more teachers are leaving their professions.

An Elevator Pitch, the one most businessman recite at every new encounter, should be common practice among educators. Many are already doing it, you just have to check their professional profile in LinkedIn or Twitter.

There is more. Anne O'brien explains, "the key to successful self-promotion, or bragging, is conveying authenticity -- sharing your story about your work and acomplishments." The technique says it should be performed in less than a minute during regular conversations.

Fine tune your CV and your Elevator Pitch to the next place you visit, or conversation you hold with a stranger. But above all, learn how to accept compliments.  A 'Thank you' is not enough. You have to smile and feel comfortable with what makes you memorable.

Presenting and accepting the positive outcomes of what you had to struggle for shouldn't be considered as egotistical or narcissistic, on the other hand, what it really means is you present value to other person and exercise a healthy self-image of who you are.

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Expressions You Will Regret Saying to Your Students

In regular life we are advised not to pronounce words that we ever regret to tell. In school is not much different, due to the enormous pressure teachers have to deal with. I've collected only five expressions teacher should never say in front of a classroom, a more extensive list was originally published by Dr. Richard Curvin, in Edutopia.

1. Some students might feel offended hearing a teacher say, "You have the potential but don't use it".  Instead, approach in a different manner so the student feels more comfortable with a question such as, What can I do to help you reach your full potential?

2. Everybody feels disappointed sometimes, but when a classroom hears, "I'm disappointed in you", this not only raises ears and eyes but looks like the teacher is looking solely to past performance. In place, tray to rephrase and point to the future with a question like, What would you do differently to get a positive outcome if the experience repeats again?

3. Misbehaving is not a matter of surprise in a classroom. But if you pronounce,  "This is again the rules", then  you are closing a natural way human beings react to many situations.  Students are wise. Try to incorporate the rules and say something of this level: Let me see how I can help you within the established school rules.

4. You shouldn't be in a position to challenge children. However, it's very common to hear a teacher repeat this sentence, "Who do you think you are?" Meaning you are not as important as me. It's better to say, I'm on a schedule as much as you are.

5. Out of frustration, the following expression is another common among classrooms. "What's wrong with you?" Which implies every student is perfect and comes from a perfect home. That's not true. I'll suggest start teaching conflict resolution and say something like this: I've noticed you have a problem. Can we work together and try to find a solution?

I want to understand that whether you are a new or experienced teacher, you have used at least one of these expressions before. It's time to choose very carefully our words when in front of a full room of students.

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