Thursday, November 10, 2016

Guidelines for a Teacher

by Shanna Hatfield

When I was looking for some fun historical tidbits to add to my latest sweet historical romance, I happened upon a book of Victorian morals and manners.

There was a whole section of guidelines, rules, and tips for teachers.


In The Christmas Quandary (which releases today!), Tom Grove returns to the town of Hardman to recuperate after an injury prevents him from doing his job until his broken arm heals. It just so happens the regular schoolteacher has taken quite ill. With nothing better to do, Tom agrees to fill in as the teacher through the holidays.

The regular teacher gives him a booklet that details all the do's and don'ts of teaching.

Here is the list:

Do not lose your head or your temper.
Do not appear meek to your students.
Do enter the classroom with a purposeful gait and gaze lifted with a steady eye.
Do decide exactly what you will and will not allow in your classroom.
Do make your standards perfectly clear from the start.
Do appear to take it for granted that you will get what you want from the students.
Do state your plans in a clear manner and under no circumstances change your mind.
Do not allow a wayward child to escape punishment from kindness of heart.
Do not threaten vaguely or offer general declarations.
Do not grumble or nag.
Do not make exceptions to your rules, once established.
Do not allow a child to argue about a punishment.

While he takes the advice with a grain of salt, he does find some of the suggestions to be helpful.

The Christmas Quandary, book five in the Hardman Holidays series releases today!
 Holiday surprises await two lonely hearts in Hardman…
christmas-quandary-coverTom Grove just needs to survive a month at home while he recovers from a work injury. How bad can it be to return to Hardman for the holiday season?  He arrives to discover his middle-aged parents acting like newlyweds, the school in need of a teacher, and the girl of his dreams already engaged.
After the loss of her parents and her fiancĂ© abandoning her to spend a year abroad, Lila Granger needs a change of scenery. She leaves her home in New York to spend a few months with relatives in Hardman, Oregon. The idea of stepping off the train into a place that gives her a true sense of coming home never entered her mind. Neither did the notion of falling in love with a man who clearly can’t wait to get away from the small town.
The Christmas Quandary is a sweet Victorian romance, full of laughter and heartwarming moments.
And you can order it now on Amazon!

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USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
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  1. What's funny Shanna, those same rules still apply when I'm in a classroom. Some things never change. I wish you welll on this latest story, for it sounds wonderful. I do like your stories. Doris

  2. How fun Shanna! This sounds like a fun read! Best wishes on its release!