In life, we can either let our experiences make us bitter, or we can channel that feeling towards being a good example in order to improve things.



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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Taking Initiative


I'm working towards being a preschool teacher and right now I'm an assistant. A while ago when I was taking a class where you do interning in a school, the thing that always slowed me down was my fear of not knowing what to do in certain situations. For instance, when there was a conflict between two kids over a toy, I would freeze and forget what to do and say. And so I would get someone else to handle it. Also, sometimes when the teacher wants the kids to move on to another activity and they want to keep playing, it's hard to get them to listen and stop. And so all the challenging things I would let the other teachers there do.

Recently though, I've decided that the only way I'll learn is if I do it myself so I can get the practice. Mainly because this teacher put me to task. And I thought to myself, she's right. I can do it if I just take iniative and try hard enough. The problem was I was too soft and so the kids wouldn't listen to me when I would tell them to stop playing and come to the carpet. And so I decided to try something else. I took the toy out of their hands, put it away and then lead them to the carpet.

I think working at the this school has really helped me to gain confidence in myself, BH.

16 comments:

Musically yours said...

I came across your post when I was looking for teaching posts. I'm working on becoming a music educator and your post struck a chord for me (no pun intended). I have a feeling that I'll forget and not say things. I wish you the best being more assertive and I hope that you enjoy teaching!

Imfullofit said...

I was a preschool teacher once. The main teacher (only 19 at the time) It is amazing how much you can learn from observing other teachers and what words they use. There really is a way to speak to kids- instead of saying "Don't hit" speak in the positive form like we only use our hands for.... I learned a lot, i also learned that i needed a lot of patience so i wish you lots of luck and make sure to hug and kiss those kids!

Lvnsm27 said...

MY, thanks.

IFOI, I learned that too, about instead of saying don't..... say what they Should do. Also, thanks.

Pragmatician said...

It's the best way of learning, by doing it alone, maybe you'll make a mistake, it can happen but if you'll learn from them you'll have the potential to become a great teacher!

Datingmaster, Jerusalem said...

yes you just have to dive in
anyway come over an dleave acomment
-I am still working on your story-it is harder than I thought

Lvnsm27 said...

Prag, exactly

Dmj, take your time

FrumGirl said...

I think its wonderful that you have found something that you love to do, gets you paid, and makes you feel great!

Stx said...

I'm in awe of people like you who have the chance (and responsibility) to mold these little personalities...Wow.

Lvnsm27 said...

FG and Stx thanks

David_on_the_Lake said...

Good luck
Its like that with everything in life..
every job..
If you have confidence..you'll usually succeed.

Okee said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog- i thought turnabout's fair play!
Besides a fear of skiing, we also share the whole initiative thing. It doesn't come up so much in my teaching job, but only because no one else will do it. But in life in general, I find myself wandering streets instead of just asking for directions, agonizing over decisions, and sitting back while others make plans...It's something I'm definitely working on. Good luck with your efforts-it sounds like you're getting much better at it!

Lvnsm27 said...

David, yep

Okee, I can relate to the sitting back part. Sometimes I need to give myself an extra push.
Thanks for visiting too.

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Being a preschool teacher sounds like a welcome and rewarding experience for you.

Many continued moments of success to you.

Datingmaster, Jerusalem said...

come over and meet my papa

Eshet Chayil said...

I've watched kids for as long as I can remember. I'm also very soft on them. I think the trick is....be very soft most of the time. And be hard or raise your voice only when you have to. Then it means something and they still like you.

Lvnsm27 said...

Barbara, yeah it is. Thanks for the wish.

DMJ, k

EC, sounds good