Happy New year to you! With the New Year comes a new number to remember. As we get older time passes so quickly, 2010 was a roller coaster ride for many people and with faith 2011 will be a breeze. Making a New Year’s resolution right about now would be a smart thing to do since we are being challenged to make changes and buckle down.
As I continue to love being a teacher I have made some changes that I had little control of. Some changes I wished I didn’t have to make and some changes came to me with a new excitement. As a teacher I’d like to express my New Year’s perspectives on what I can do to make things a little better in the world around me, and to be open to diverse perspectives around me.
Children can feel a lot of pressure and anxiety as they walk into a classroom full of busy activities and not so shiny faces, but as the new teacher who loves to be at school I want to come with a smile and a silly look on my face to prompt upon the not so shiny faces that life is good. I want this to be an outlook that I keep with me as I face new challenges, new faces, and new ideas.
Coming from a school with a stricter structure routine I can’t help but feel a little more at ease and relaxed at this new school, but there are days when I want to get out those old rules and buckle down into my old routine, crack the whip and buck up.
I sit and mingle with all the children gathered around me on the floor as if I was Santa Claus and trying to grant their every wish. I want to be on the floor and listening to every mumbled word that I can manage. These conversations are usually from all of them at the same time. I love it and want to get better at listening. With the economy struggle comes big struggles in all our little ones. They come first in my book.
The classroom that I share with another teacher is full of exciting treasures that the children dig up every day. I bring to the classroom a few new things as I am a seasoned veteran with lots of resources, and some old fashioned ideas. Since I am used to being the lead teacher my role has changed a bit, and I am eager to help and serve in whatever possible way I am needed. I am humbled to constructive criticisms and want to make things right in the new school that I am getting used to.
My New Year perspective on special needs in the classroom involves me to have more patience. When it comes to children that fall into this category I want to be open to a new set a rules. I am eagerly anticipating learning more on how I can be more helpful in this area.