Dear Bunki, Michelle, and All,
Bunki, what great advice. When I first started teaching, I tried to do it
all, boy was I worn out! Now, I tell students what needs to be done before
they leave (as far as clean up), and then I sit back and watch how they get
it done, they figure out the specifics. Soon, in most cases, they have a
system worked out, and they do it without much fuss.
I buy myself special teas so that when I'm feeling stressed, taken advantage
of, or otherwise trampled on, I just brew a cup and relax. Another
advantage of flavored teas, is that they make the room smell wonderful.
Especially Earl Gray (or is it Grey?)....
I have plants, pottery and my own artwork all around. These things remind
me that I am an artist and person, as well as a teacher. I emphasize those
facts when necessary! Oh, and music is a must, for me.
And Bunki, the slipper idea is great! I plan to buy myself a pair of those
leather moccasins with the wool inside.....thanks.
>Hi, la Garnerette.......or is it the Garner Tojans? I seem to have
>forgotten! I see your new year is getting slightly overwhelming.
>Ahhhhhh...the trick is to get "them" to clean up. Once you get your system
>figured out, what needs to be where and how to best tackle each kind of
>cleanup mess, it'll get sooooooo much easier. Sounds like you're just
>trying to do "everything" and making it too easy for the kids. It's THEIR
>mess...THEY clean it up. Have each table decide their own "work-force". Let
>them decide at the table who 1. gets the brushes, 2. gets the newspaper, 3.
>gets the water. Next...whoever got the brushes, now washes them; whoever
>got the newspaper, now throws it away and wipes table; whoever got the
>water, now washes out the water bucket and tucks it away under the sink. A
>little routine makes the teacher smile! All kids know their "job" before
>anyone moves to get materials to start working.
>Get yourself a little frig and keep cold fruit juice/sodas to give you a
>lift. Play music. Find yourself a great set of slippers to put on during
>your prep. These little things to make the room your home and comfortable
>is a great start on getting that "zip" back.
>Don't be disappointed or frazzled. It takes a year or two or three to get
>comfy in your teaching. In a couple of years, YOU'LL be telling a new
>teacher these same words. Toodles...........
>Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
>968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526