Do you remember that first day? The first day you were on your own in the classroom?
Entering my 11th year of teaching kindergarten, it seems a bit foreign to me, but I still get jitters the night before. (Seriously, it's like Christmas Eve!) I check my alarm clock eleventy billion times, and I wake up before it even goes off. (This enthusiasm for early rising lasts about .2 seconds!) I shower. I primp. I attempt to eat breakfast before 11 AM. Then, it's off to Starbucks for the LARGEST iced coffee can make. (Can I just have a gallon please? With extra ice since? We don't have AC.)
There's calmness in these routines and traditions. But, I'm always reminding myself of a few things that I think new teachers (and oldies too) should remember too.
Lesson plans can change. Just because it's on paper, doesn't mean it has to be done right then. Get a feel for your kiddos and know when it's time to switcheroo. This will help your students stay engaged. And, it will keep you sane! :)
Don't be afraid to hug, act silly, and make kids laugh. You're not just a teacher. You're a performer!
If you are about to lose your cool, take your own time-out. I have put my head down on my desk and told my class I am taking a time out. Or, I've stepped into the hallway, just for 30 seconds, to take a deep breath and regroup. Kids need time-outs and so do teachers.
And, last but not least, don't be afraid of recess. If they are N-U-T-S and can't stay on task... RECESS! If they are down in the dumps and can't stay on task... RECESS! Even 5 minutes of play time will get them back in action!
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