Teachers, this one is for you. Yes, it’s only about two weeks into the school year, but you’re going to need this post someday – so don’t pass up reading this article! Bookmark or favorite it and open it someday when you need it. This article is going to remind you to take a step back, breathe in, and remember not to think that your students are just out to get you!
They say kids are brutal – and it’s true. One of my professors told us a story of being in Egypt and being guarded by US military – and one of the soldiers saying it was funny because they were more afraid of the children than anything else. My professor then commented that it’s a valid fear, because the kids were not afraid of weaponry. Anyway, that story was just to say that kids can be fearless, and in the midst of that, appear to be attacking you personally through their comments and remarks – but the key is to not take everything personally.
Think about it this way – even though your job is very personal, it is still a job. You still have to remain professional. You can’t allow yourself to get hurt over the little things.
#2. Find the Balance
Between fun and work, there is a tiny line of equality that you’re supposed to find. I say that you’re supposed to find it because if otherwise, there is no balance – and either you are too much fun and the students will have a hard time taking you seriously, or you are too much work and your students are unhappy.
#3. Try Not to Punish Your Students With a Lack of Physical Education
Some kindergarten classrooms don’t have an actual gym class - and it’s the responsibility of the teacher to take her kids out for a gym session. The problem is, when kids misbehave, the teachers think it’s a good idea to punish their students by getting rid of their physical education. I don’t think that a lot of teachers realize that if their students are being rowdy, that going outside and getting some free-play time can help calm them down by tiring them out.
#4. Be flexible
Sometimes things just don’t go as planned – and if you haven’t figured that one out from life, you’ll figure it out from teaching. Sometimes you have an outdoor activity planned and it starts storming profusely. Sometimes the power goes out at school and you have to find a way to manage 20-30 little kids that may or may not be scared of the dark. Sometimes things just happen – and you have to be ready for all of those things.