Earlier this week, I shared my disappointment over a hard day at school. Since then, I’ve recovered, although really, things aren’t that different. Today I made three behavior calls after school and sent one kid to the office, which while improved from the six calls on Monday, still is not the place I want to be in the second week of school… I thought the honeymoon was supposed to last longer!
Even so, I feel much better than I did Monday, mostly because I’ve consciously forced myself to stay positive. Today, for example, when any kid started complaining or pouting or grumbling or what have you, I sent him or her outside to come back in with a positive attitude. I told the class negativity is contagious, and I meant it.
Mostly, it worked. Even my students that got in trouble today were fairly calm and took responsibility for their actions. What a nice improvement from Monday! It is easy to forget how much of a difference a deep breath and smile can make in a stressful situation, especially when thirty kids want your attention for different reasons after lunch while you’re also trying to set-up your lesson and give reading assessments… Wait, did someone say teaching is easy?
Thankfully, today brought a lot of little happy pick-me-ups to keep the positive momentum going. Here are a few worth sharing: