The end of the year is so close for some of you! I read 15 days by someone this morning. Can you see the summer? It’s also the time of year when you are exhausted, worn out, your brain hurts, the kids can easily go crazy in the blink of an eye.
1. Change things up.
I have written before about how fabulous my mentor teacher was during student teaching. She always had tricks up her sleeve to try out! One day I came in and there was a huge ladybug on the board made out of construction paper who was missing its black dots. We had had some rough days and she had created a new behavior incentive that cost nothing but 5 minutes! As the kids were caught doing great things that day, they were able to write their name on a ladybug dot and place it on the ladybug. When the ladybug was full, the class earned a reward. It worked fabulously. Change things up. Be a rebel.
2. Be annoyingly excited about EVERYTHING!
I know, I know, sometimes it’s just hard to be super excited about something, but do it. When you are excited about something they will be, too. Indoor recess again because it looks like Noah’s Ark will be flowing down the street any minute? Be excited! A new set of spelling words with a new spelling rule? Be excited! Time for a whole group math lesson? Pump it up! It makes a difference. Plus, when the kids are excited to learn something, you will feed off of that.
3. Take care of yourself.
This should go without saying, but you’re a teacher. You are selfless. You put 22 little ones before yourself all day. You use the restroom once a day. Scarf your lunch. Get there early. Leave late. You are exhausted.
Read a book at night. Take an extra long shower. (We all know we do our best thinking there!) Go for a run or walk. Listen to some music. Spend time with Jesus every morning to refresh your soul. Take care of yourself.
I hope you have a wonderful time with your little friends! In a few short weeks you will miss seeing their sweet faces everyday!