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 calmer for longer. I also responded to more of these behaviors in a respectful way (I think) and was able to state the limit, acknowledge the child and follow through more often than I did the week before. Last Sunday I attended church and one of the pastors spoke about celebrations. She said that it’s important to celebrate the little things and not just the big obvious celebrations in our life. That same day, the morning devotion I got on my phone was about celebrations and how we should remember to celebrate even our small achievements. It was pretty clear that He was trying to send me a message.
I was thinking about this idea of celebrating the little daily accomplishments and I started to feel better about my teaching practice and how I have been handling testing behaviors. Sure, I might have some moments that are not so great but I should celebrate the times when I do state a limit very clearly or I stay calm though a tricky moment with a child. I feel it’s really important for teachers, to not only be reflective on their practice but also to celebrate even the small accomplishments they make. Maybe it’s changing a child’s diaper and you involve the child in the process or you slowed down when helping a child put on their shoes or you told a child that you were going to pick them up before you actually did it. Whatever it is for you it’s important to celebrate even the smallest things, especially on the days when it feels like nothing is going right there is always something that you can celebrate.