I think that I'm a people pleaser too, or at least try to be. I care what others think..I want people to be happy. Then that causes the worrying....it's a never ending cycle with me. (I'm a little weird, I know--I live with it HA!) But seriously, I do worry.
I worry about my first graders. I teach in a little "rougher area"---so sometimes (like a lot of you, I'm sure) I may be their only positive role model. I worry about their home lives, their social lives, and their academics. Am I doing enough to help? Can I do more?
Some of my students come from backgrounds where their parents struggle with helping them get work done. It just breaks my heart. Then the behaviors that I've witnessed over the past few years of my teaching career, just shock me. It breaks my heart.
I don't want to say I let it consume me, but how do you find the time?
There's just never enough time to do it all, is there?
So how do you handle it all---the stress that is?
or are you one of the lucky ones who can just:
For me, though baking truly does help, I'm a believer in the power of prayer.
I found these quotes, and need to remember them!
The sad thing is, my students get, I don't want to say "stressed" but frustrated. Sometimes you just need days to step back from those mandated basals (if you have them) and enjoy your class. Let them be kids!
I think that some of the best learning times for my classroom, is when I step away from the basal or I even extend the basal. I know more about my students than a book can tell me. I know that they are kids and they need to explore, discover, discuss.
I have several behavior issues in my classroom, and the days that I just step back and let them learn, are the best days for all of us involved.
Last week I had several students out (we've had some bad viruses going around) and it's hard to begin anything new when you're missing over a 1/4 of your class. We did review work, fun stuff, writing.
We did the great little unit from Miss Kindergarten.
Here are a few of our pictures.
And this little sweeties below---she's come a long way.
We did some exercising/brain breaks from youtube as well.
The brain breaks we do frequently. My students need movement.
The crafts, I love!
I've had a few friends/coworkers comment on things I hang in the hall. They say they like them. They only wish they had time for them. Somtimes you have to make time.
It's not like they are just crafts. They are expressing themselves. They are working on their fine motor skills. They are doing writing activities. They're not just crafts. They are exploring, discovering, creating.
So sometimes, we do need to take a few breaks, and allow them to be kids. After all, think about some of the things you did in school. Here's a list of games that may bring back memories.
If you made it through my ramblings, God bless ya! :)
Happy (almost) Friday! :)