My tips are going to focus on relationships- with students, parents, other teachers, your family, and yourself! It seems like everything else falls in place pretty nicely when relationships are taken care of- and it seems like no matter how fabulous your plans may be, without the great relationships behind them, they don't work out like you had planned- in school or in "real life." I am going to use some of my favorite "signs" to help me.
1. Relationships with Students:
Remember, when you are little,
Another student tip with classroom jobs is an accident my husband came up with for me. I needed one more job so everyone could have a job in the class. He came up with "Praise Patrol", and we kind of chuckled... Wouldn't you know- EVERYONE wanted to be Praise Patrol. That person's job is to go around praising the other folks for doing a great job! I could write an entire post on how we need more Praise Patrol in the entire school for ADULTS... but I won't. It is precious to watch them praise each other- like a boss! ;)
Next- one of the most fun times I have is playing catch with the last bus group- so patiently waiting, waiting, waiting for their buses. I have lots of different balls in the room- and we don't get to use them much, (with all that academic stuff going on...) so they love it when I take out a fun ball, and we just play a little at the end of the day. Just play. You would be surprised how many children don't ever play catch or know exactly how to catch or throw. :( I love doing that with them.
2. Relationships with Parents
3. Relationships with Other Teachers (and everybody at the school!)
4. Relationships with Your Family
Take time to ENJOY your family. Really take the time to be there and enjoy them. School isn't going anywhere.
5. A Relationship with Yourself
Get yourself some special little treats along the way! You spend a LOT of time with yourself. You need to "romance" yourself a little sometimes!
And remember these: