There are a few students who are pushing the boundaries at work, so I want to try to figure out a reward system with their families. The preschool teacher has done this with some of her children, and it is really starting to help the listening and respect that she gets. Since there isn’t a punishment system in the building, it is important to setup something individual for students who need a little more management. I’ll keep you updated on what I figure out!
Today was an interesting day because my Pre-K children were having a bit of a tough time listening, BUT the preschoolers joined us in the afternoon and they were acting much better than my students – this surprises me! The younger children should still be figuring out who to be respectful to. So far, when the preschoolers join our Pre-K class, they act better than in their own class. They might be a little overwhelmed with being in a different room with another teacher. The afternoon was much calmer than the morning which was nice 🙂
As my vacation is coming to a close, my mind has started thinking about work and my students. I wonder what activities they have done, how their behavior has been, and what it will be like when I come back. This trip has flown by, but there was so much relaxation and fun that it will be difficult to get into the swing of teaching again. I am excited to see the kids and incorporate more fun ideas into the curriculum!
This first week has really helped me grow in myself as an educator, and begin to come up with fun enhancements to lessons. It has been tiring with trying to keep attention of the children at times, but since this isn’t an actual school for them, they don’t have the same discipline. It was something I had to get used to, but if the children are starting to get antsy, the activity should just be stopped. I really enjoyed this first week as the sole teacher overall! I loved meeting more with the children and getting to know my coworkers – I can tell this will be a great environment to work in 🙂 I look forward to more memories!
As I said in an earlier post, I started reading The Skillful Teacher and I am partway through Chapter 2 (which focuses on keeping student attention). It is interesting to see the various ways suggested – apparently, there are different categories of teacher behaviors: desisting, alerting, enlisting, acknowledging, and winning 😮 Some of the strategies I had heard of before and others were new to me, and I didn’t like every single one. I starred “using signals” and “touch” from Desisting, “unison” from Alerting, basically everything in Enlisting, and “humor” as well as “dramatization” from Winning. Enlisting had such great ideas! – which included “suspense”/”challenge”/”making students a helper”/”personification”/”connecting with student fantasies.” These just seem like very fun ways to get students involved and excited to learn the content. I can tell that reading The Skillful Teacher will be very beneficial for me – what a great buy! I ordered Teach like a Champion (for really cheap!) yesterday 🙂 Love all the learning I’m getting out of this post’s book and can definitely see myself growing as a teacher each year from reading the other few.