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Five Things To Keep In Mind As A New Preschool Teacher

The new school year is swiftly approaching. Those who have just embarked on an educational career as preschool teacher will confront innumerable novel occurrences. Yet, some tribulations experience - nevertheless, you don't need to battle it all yourself! You have colleagues and the direct

or of your school to turn to for direction and support. Moreover, to aid in easing the transition into this profession, a variety of resources are available both online and at school. Nonetheless, I wanted to highlight a few things to consider to ensure a successful start as a preschool educator.

Immerse yourself in the play

Allow yourself to be immersed entirely in play with the children. Not only would this make the daily routine more enjoyable, but it will also provide invaluable benefits for the preschoolers. If there's any doubt, we must always project friendliness, compassion, and warmth to make ourselves accessible to all the children in our care. Ask yourself if you possess an eagerness and anticipation for the role and a passionate interest in assisting children. Are you highly motivated to attend work every day? If you awaken each morning filled with anxiety because of the children or the task, this profession may not suit you. Do you have an earnest enthusiasm for watching young children acquire new abilities?

Respect each child's uniqueness

Approach each child as if you were embarking on a journey of discovery. Every child is one-of-a-kind, exhibiting remarkable capabilities and characteristics. Refrain from anticipating any specific behavior from them; instead, enjoy exploring their world. With this approach, you aim to help children trust in their worth. If a child doesn't love themselves by the age of five, they are likely to struggle with confidence for much of their life. We must appreciate each child as they present and teach them to appreciate themselves.

Master Observation

Begin mastering the art of observation from the very beginning. You can construct meaningful relationships by examining what children do and say. However, observing the children can discern their developmental milestones, challenges, and how they handle situations. The more adept you become at monitoring, the more excellent proficiency you will attain in your teaching.

Think positive

It will be helpful to think in terms of capability rather than incapacity. Think in terms of "She Can if we," "He can if we," and "They can if we." This habit will lead you to a realm of optimism in which you will campaign for disadvantaged children and become an effective troubleshooter. If optimism does not come naturally to you, start a Session each morning where you repeat some self-affirmations. Affirm to yourself that you will do what it takes to support the children under your care.

Keep calm

It's easy to lose your cool with young children, but again they are simply on a developmental milestone. Try to be calm and maintain a patient demeanor. Try to take the time necessary with each activity or transition, allowing your preschoolers to move at their own pace. Doing so will help prevent power struggles and ensure things are orderly for everyone's benefit.

With these tips, you can improve your preschool educator's ability.


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Meet the Author

Sheika Petteway provides educational and leadership training to individuals and organizations. She is the founder and CEO of Elite Educational Enterprises and has several years of experience serving in the early childhood education industry.

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