I'm sure some will ask which ones I agree with, and which ones I do not. OK, here goes.
- Never forget that you don't teach in a vacuum.
- Be skeptical of everything you heard in ed school.
- Go find a good, experienced teacher, and ask him for advice.
- Grade as objectively as possible.
- Assess your students' performance frequently.
- Critique yourself--harshly.
- Classes gel as entities.
- Treat your students with respect.
- Be an authority figure--and set an example.
- Stick to your topic. While that's generally good advice, it sometimes conflicts with the very first piece of advice he offered--that of remembering that you don't teach in a vacuum.
- Your students are paramount. Again, generally good advice, but not always. As I tell parents on Back To School Night, my own son comes first, their kid comes second. I think they understand why it has to be that way.