I was not my best self yesterday. Oh, I started out with my usual cheerfulness and determination. But by the middle of the afternoon I was tired and cranky. Four of my students did not want to work, two were disruptive and disrespectful, three were far too talkative. Not our best day! Teaching is like that sometimes. It’s the reality of the profession: you can’t take on the complexities of teaching fifteen personalities and expect to always have a great day. But we survived, and today we will try it again. That is also a reality of education and one that can “make or break” new teachers: a teacher can’t hold a grudge. Children, especially young ones, forget what they did yesterday, and you have to do the same to some extent. Each day has to be a “new day” and a fresh start. Yes, I can be tired and cranky and I’m not afraid to let my students know when I am unhappy with their behavior. But they also know that I expect them to do better, I will support their efforts to do so, and I will reward them with smiles and treats. I start each day with the expectation that everyone will do their best. We read our class creed each day:
I am a smart child and I like being me.
I am proud to be a kindergartner in
Mrs. Maurer’s class.
Each day I will be respectful to myself
I will try my hardest to be the best
that I can be.
I will succeed.
So…today is a new day and I’m sure it will be GREAT!