Today I want to share with you one of those major aha moments.
This is that moment in my teaching that changed everything..
When I started to apply this philosophy to my teaching it was like a little Fairy Godmother had come into my classroom one night and sprinkled her fairy dust all around., it was magical
Here is what I did.
The only perception that we have control over is our own.
Have you ever finished a sentence like this before?
•It’s the parents fault because….
•They didn’t teach them how to…
•The parents don’t care what…
Or have you ever gone to a co-worker and asked for advice only to get…
•Oh boy, I had that child last year, there is nothing you can do to fix….
•______ just doesn’t want to try, there is nothing you can do about that.
As long as you continue to blame others around you for bad classroom management and children’s bad behaviors that are outside of the classroom, you will be frustrated, angry and you will get a bad case of the burnouts.
So instead change your perception about what is happening with your classroom and the children in it.
That how you perceive the children will influence your attitude, and can effect those around you.
As you encounter various circumstances, do you perceive solutions and success or do you envision problems and failure?
The way in which you perceive your world also impacts your general emotional state.
Teachers who perceive success for their students are likely to be fulfilled with their work and the accomplishments of their students.
Teachers who perceive their students as lacking tend to be frustrated and unsure of their students skills.
A teacher with a positive perception has a tendency to thrive and in turn so do their students.
A teacher with a negative perception tends to struggle and in turn, their students struggle with them.
The bottom line is that you can control your perception.
If a child doesn’t know how to peddle a bike we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to catch a ball we teach.
If a child doesn’t know haw to read we teach.
If a child doesn’t how to swim we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave, we….teach?
We…blame or we teach?
If you’re not happy with your classroom management or the direction of your teaching or the circumstances in your classroom, the first place to look is your perception.
•Children want to learn
•We can all learn something new
•You can make a difference in the four walls of your classroom
•You will feel in control of your own classroom
•Your students will be respectful, responsible and happy members of your classroom
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.