- Teacher starts by confidently introducing herself, with an emphasis on her credentials. Talks at length about the academic rigor and high expectations of the class.
- Teacher is quiet. Says almost nothing. Hands out a packet filled with assignment, behavior, and other expectations. Reads through it as students read along.
- Teacher smiles and greets students. She asks them questions about how they are feeling, what they are expecting, and how they might be hoping the class experience will be.
The thing about swagger is that it ebbs and flows over the course of a day, week, school year, or even a career. There are times when it is lost and we stumble, struggling to find it again. There are times when it is unmistakable, rhythmic, and solid. As long as educators know that our duty is to help our students find their swagger, our steps won’t fail us.