I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum of teaching.
At first, I hated it. Was overwhelmed not only with the managing the logistics but my own fears of incompetency, fear of judgement, and loss of control of the classroom. As it turned out, I relied on my child rearing models of crowd control. Threats, manipulation, pleading, yelling, and shaming. I did some damage, I hurt many a kid, and some responded with anger, others slinked away, and many grew to hate me and refused to learn. Not all of them. The good students and I got along. The challenging ones and I battled it out.
Fortunately, life has a way to teaching us what we need to learn. About halfway through, I learned about Love and Logic. And then with time and more reading completely changed my beliefs, and then my practices, and then my habits. I believe I ended on a high note. I learned to love the kids, even most of the challenging ones. And even the hardest, I could hold space for them to be themselves, within healthy boundaries, and the lessons I learned myself, I passed on to the kids, like communication, appreciate, attitude, and so much more.
How different was it from the early to the later years? Here is a clue. In the earlier years, I never bought a year book. I didn’t believe many students would have interest in leaving a sentiment, and fear several with markers to write hateful things. In the last few years, not only did I buy year books, but students filled the pages with kind, fun and loving sentiments.
Must of what I learned can be summarized here and if it appeals to you, there is plenty of more information.
Brene Brown and “Daring Classrooms.”
To really get into the info, explore her website with lots of resources for yourself and classroom. https://brenebrown.com/daringclassrooms/ Great books too.
You owe it to yourself to have the greatest career, to give yourself a break, learn what is really important, and revolutionize your classroom Your are in a powerful position to do either great good, or psychic trauma. I’ve feel like I’ve done both. Create a classroom, no matter the subject matter that kids want to go to, where they feel accepted, and even cherished, and learning will become easier for them and easier for you to teach.
Are their other resources. Yes. I’ve integrated Growth Mindset, and concepts from other positive psychology experts. But Brene Brown is in my opinion is the best.