What does it mean to be a good teacher? Having recently taken a new position as a preschool teacher, I have been thinking about this lately.
Attitude – Everything begins with my attitude. I know that my thoughts and how I express myself creates my experience. Our intention is powerful and impactful. What I want most for my students is that they feel appreciated, respected and enjoy their experience while learning and growing. When I really listen to my students, they feel seen and heard. When I keep my attitude positive, I create an environment where my students feel safe and nurtured.
Being Curious – When I am being curious, I am living in the moment. I’m not holding any preconceived ideas about what I think my students need or want. I am present to myself and present to their needs. I’m open to new ideas, constantly evolving, staying fresh and building on what is spontaneously happening in my classroom.
Caring – Students say that what they remember most from their favorite teachers was that they made them feel special. Good teachers notice what is important to their children. They notice their likes, dislikes, favorite things and special interests. I bring out the best in each child and listen for their greatness.
The teachers who are funny and playful that make learning fun also receive high marks from their students. When children are entertained, they remain engaged and motivated to learn. Speaking of entertainment, check out this youtube video of the New Kid Snippets. They asked a couple of kids to pretend to be a salesman and a customer. Enjoy the debut of “Kid Snippets”.
I leave you with this cute poem….
“I cannot go to school today"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there's one more – that's seventeen, And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in.
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained, My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight, My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There's a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!”
â€• Shel Silverstein
Dawn has been a a Teacher at the Children's Workshop in Warren, RI since 2011. She enjoys creating a safe space for the infants to play, learn and grow. She is passionate about honoring and respecting each child's individuality and uniqueness. Dawn loves to dance! West Coast swing is her favorite dance. Her life long goal is to continue making the world a happy place to live.