In graduate school, it can be difficult not to get wrapped up in everything that goes on on a day to day basis. I am struggling with this myself at the moment. I want to set a goal that once I leave the school, the troubles or worries of the day need to disappear. I am letting my “work” come home with me, and it is affecting my mood. I don’t want to wake up still disappointed about the issues with teaching. It is almost impossible sometimes to take a deep breath and make the previous day leave your mind – but I want and NEED to for myself to stay sane during student teaching. I believe in myself, and that others can as well!
Heart-warming article going around Facebook – it is very important for teachers to get to know their students, so they can help teach to everyone’s needs. Building trust allows them to open up to the teacher about their home lives (hopefully, they won’t be a upsetting as these ones, but some might be, and you have to know how to handle it).
I found this list of unit themes that are often incorporated into Kindergarten classrooms. We are switching to Spring right now in my student-teaching class, and it is interesting to see the large variety of fun ideas for units! We are completing Farm this week, and I will teach the first introductions to the Spring unit. I am excited to read the “Big books,” and allow the children to tell me what they know/want to know/learn about (KWL chart) Spring.
Yesterday, I found out I had pink eye, but I wanted to focus on being productive today after placement. I am quite proud of the hard work I put in! I reviewed the license task that I will be starting soon, applied for some jobs, did my lesson plan for tomorrow, and washed my sheets. I have a long day tomorrow with a supervisor meeting after placement, so I probably won’t be doing anything when I get home. It is important that I stay on top of everything this term, so I wanted to look over my tasks and make sure I knew what had to be completed. As a future teacher, I understand that there will always be things that need to be done. I try to keep that mindset now through graduate school.
Today was somewhat hectic with teaching most of the morning, and all of the afternoon. BUT it was lightened during “read-to-self” time, when a young boy sat down next to me and asked “excuse me, how is your day going today?” It was in such a cute tone that I just had to be happy 🙂 This is why I love my teaching! The little things the children say and do that make you realize you make a difference, and impact how their day goes.
I have figured out that the more I take over the class this term, the more nervous I feel. I think it’s because it means I am getting closer to having my own class of students. I am excited about it, but there is much to do for aligning the standards and big pressure on making a difference in the student’s knowledge. I believe that I can do it, and will be a good teacher – however, there is something scary about getting up in front of the kids and teaching them. Nervousness is normal when it comes to starting a new chapter in one’s life. Last term, it was more exciting and fun to take over the class. I was surprised how nervous I was today when i took over some morning parts of the day, on top of the afternoon ones. AND tomorrow, I am teaching the WHOLE afternoon which I am feeling comfortable doing, but I know I will be freaking out beforehand. Even if I feel calm, my body knows I should be worrying (i sweat, my throat dries, and I get hot). It’s crazy! I really love teaching, but it is surprisingly scary to be in charge of a whole class. I could just rant on and on about this, and this post is beginning to sound the same, so I will stop now 🙂
I was starting to get stressed out about how tired I was, and breaking down this weekend. I really needed time to relax because this week was very busy with the job fair, bus trip, baby shower, and school. This term isn’t as stressful as last term, but it is just getting more difficult not to break down because of exhaustion – I go to bed very early (at about 10:30 or 11), so it isn’t from staying up too late. Teaching takes a lot of time and energy to stay excited for the students, so I am wiped when I come home. Today, I got my nails done with my roommate and we wandered around the mall a little bit. I didn’t even think about placement for about three hours. They were much needed and very rejuvenating 🙂 It is important to take time for yourself to just reflect, and not think about anything but what is happening right then. I am very glad that I had a spa day for a few hours today, and I need to relax more often on the weekends.
This is a fun writing idea to keep the students practicing! My Kindergarten CT has her students practice their names and numbers on laminated sheets, and this reminds of that. It is very important to stay organized with teaching because there are many things to handle.
When I am stressed out, I always love putting on an entertaining show to tune out the day. If it is a good series, then my mind is triggered to remember what happened previously and connect back with the characters. I know many people have dislikes towards watching television, but at the end of the day, it really helps me unwind and relax. Many of my shows are mysteries or dramas so there are important details to pay attention to in order to understand what is occurring. I will be excited to start new programs soon because many of mine had season finales. I think videos are beneficial in the classroom as well – children relate to cartoons and interesting songs with the content better than a simple lecture. There are many choices available and I plan to incorporate them once I start full-time teaching this term, as well as with my own classroom.Feel free to sit down and watch a show when you’re day at work is done. You will really benefit by allowing yourself to relax, and have something fun to do after hours of being on your feet. Teaching especially takes a large amount of brain power and energy, so I enjoy just soaking in a new plotline.