Over the past few weeks I have felt extremely stressed out. We ended a school year, the new school year will start very soon, and there have been many changes in my work and personal life. Since I began teaching I have discovered that I carry stress in my jaw. Sometimes I don’t think that… Continue reading Teacher Stress
“If someone were to walk in on a scientist on the verge of discovering the secrets of the universe, would it occur to that person to interrupt with an inconsequential comment about the weather, or the new shoes she just bought? No, the scientist is doing very important research; and if interruption were necessary, an… Continue reading THINK…before interupting a child at play
Magda Gerber split the quality time we have with children into two categories: wants nothing and wants something. Wants nothing quality time: “That’s when the parent doesn’t want to do anything with the child, has no plans other than wanting to simply be with the child.” (Gerber, 16). This is when you are sitting,… Continue reading “Wants Nothing” and “Wants Something” Quailty Time
I can recall times when I’ve observed a child at play and my thoughts start to wonder. Just recently I remember thinking, “oh I need to call to make a hair appointment. I really want to get my haircut.” Before I even knew it, I’m looking at and playing with my hair. Instead of watching the… Continue reading Quality time: giving our full attention
After writing my last check in post, I felt pretty discouraged. I felt like I wasn’t a great teacher and that I should have been more successful at approaching testing behaviors in a new calmer way. This week, we had very few children so there were less testing behaviors and I was able to stay… Continue reading Check in #2: don’t forget to celebrate!