Two posts in one day??!! Yes, it can happen! Especially when I find out about another awesome linky party that I want to be a part of!!
This AWESOME link up is hosted by Mary from Sharing Kindergarten and is all about kindergarten teachers sharing advice with other kindergarten teachers! Mary has created these adorable templates to use during the linky. I decided to link up and learn from the wisdom of so many other kindergarten teachers! Here is my advice to you:
You never know what just happened at the home of the kiddos who are coming to you every day. They may never get the chance to hear a kind word. Make sure that you let each and every one of your kinders know how incredibly special they are and how much you believe in them! For some of them, your kind words may be the only ones they hear! Something as simple as 'What an adorable hair bow!' or 'I just LOVE that new hair cut!' can go a long, long way in a child's world!
Children, especially young children, are creatures of routine and habit. Set your expectations for class behavior and create your class rules the very first day. Make sure to review your rules and expectations every single day, and encourage them to show off what they know! Setting up your expectations in the beginning will make the rest of your year go oh-so-smoothly! Trust me, it will help you retain your sanity!
No matter what happened the day before, each day is a brand new beginning. Whatever happened the day before; student cuts their hair, student cuts their friend's hair, student feeds the fish pencil shavings, student teaches all the other little boys the latest wrestling move and they practice on the carpet....every day is a new day. Shake off whatever stress you went through and approach each new day with a positive attitude and a bright smile, ready to show your kinders some love!
You will always carry your job with you. Your day never ends just because the bell rings. You'll find yourself grading papers at home, writing narratives by the pool, responding to parent emails on the subway ride home, getting sparks of lesson ideas and activities when shopping at the Dollar Tree. You are a teacher and will always be a teacher, and you will spend much of your life outside of school thinking about your life inside of school. Remember to schedule some time for yourself where you don't have to do anything related to school. This will help you to stay sane and not burn out....though you will probably notice bits of your job will sneak in anyway!
I'm so glad that Mary from Sharing Kindergarten has set up this linky! It's a great way to learn from other kindergarten teachers and gain a few more bits of wisdom! Make sure you go to Sharing Kindergarten and read about all of the other advice that has been given! Just click on the image below to head over to the link up!
P.S. - Don't forget to come link up for Spotlight Saturday and showcase your favorite product or idea! There have been some AMAZING resources Spotlighted so far!