Thursday, 25 July 2013

5 Awesome Things about Being a Preschool Teacher

The vocation of a preschool teacher is a most rewarding one. There are few others that can provide such a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction as being an early childhood educator. Of course, each individual will weigh and quantify the rewards of the profession in accordance with his or her own imperatives and values. However, there are a few that are common to all such teachers and are accepted as being among the most awesome and rewarding aspects of being a preschool teacher.

1. A preschool teacher must have a huge amount of patience, creativity, enthusiasm and a love for children. The needs of the children and the expectations of the parents must be understood. The specific needs of each child placed in the teacher’s care must be catered for. To be able to do all this means growing to be the best you can be and when you reach that stage, you cannot help but feel great.

2. Dealing with young children every day demands a great deal of mental alertness and wisdom. This is not just the learning that is gotten from books (which is important) but also the wisdom that comes with experience. A preschool teacher is a leader and in charge of the toddlers entrusted to him or her. A great deal of responsibility is given to a preschool teacher and the satisfaction that this provides is huge.

3. Children are often wise beyond their years and the way they look at the world is very different from that of adults. This does not mean that it is less knowledgeable – just that it is different. Working with young children keeps you tuned in to their way of thinking and allows you to look at the world the way they do. When you can do this – combine the insights of youth with the wisdom of age and experience – you have been given a great gift. You can see and evaluate your world from multiple perspectives and that is a truly wonderful thing.

4. The trust that is reposed in you as a preschool teacher is amazing. Parents entrust you with not just the safety and care of their children, but more importantly, with their futures. For a parent there is nothing as important as the wellbeing of their children and they will never entrust the kids to a person about whom they are unsure. The fact that you are a preschool teacher means that you are the kind of person that parents can trust and rely on. Not only this, you are the person they feel will give their children the fundamentals that will allow them to grow and progress in their later years.

5. Finally there is the awesome feeling of being a participant, in the most important way, in building tomorrow. As a preschool teacher you are shaping the minds and attitudes of your children and your influence on them is as much as their parents. This gives you immense power because it is these children who will inherit the world and shape the future and they will do it under the influence of what you taught them and the attitudes you inculcated in them. Without your inputs and guidance, these children would be rudderless ships with no objectives and directions in life.

There may be many more glamorous professions in the world. and many that offer greater financial rewards or fame but there are few that offer the kind of satisfaction and feeling of being a valuable member of society as that of a preschool teacher. It’s an awesome feeling.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Etiquettes Of A Preschool Teacher

Being a preschool teacher is more than just having an aptitude for working with children and possessing the required qualifications. It is not a part time job or a hobby for the idle. Early childhood education is a profession that is governed by strict standards of etiquette and behavior. These are not just formalities that need to be given lip service. They are an important aspect creating the right appreciation of you as an educator and engendering the atmosphere in which learning is effective. So what are the basic etiquettes of a preschool teacher? Here are the 5 most basic ones and once you have mastered these, you can begin to feel confident that you can behave in a manner that brings you and your profession the honor they deserve and also have the ability to function effectively as a preschool teacher.
  • Communicate with parents. Be respectful in the way you deal with them but at the same time be honest and clear about what you are trying to communicate. Parents are rarely objective about their children so it is up to you, as the teacher, to provide them with the clear objective assessment of who and what their children are and what they need to ensure their continued growth. Use tools like clearly written regular notes and reports, memos, posting lesson plans in advance, arranging parent – teacher meetings and other special events to establish high levels of interaction.

  • Always be prepared for your class. You cannot come in and then decide what you are going to do that day – it is a recipe for chaos. Plan your working and teaching schedule and communicate it to all who are concerned so that everyone involved is in the picture and on the same page. There will always be surprises when dealing with toddlers – many of them unpleasant. But a teacher who is well prepared will be able to handle the problems far better than one who is not.

  • Always look your part. This means dressing appropriately. This does not mean that women should wear high heels or that men should be dressed in coats and ties. The idea is to dress in a manner that shows you are a professional who takes your work seriously and on whom parents can rely. At the same time, you should not appear to be remote or inaccessible. There are not strict dress codes for this – a lot depends on local customs and ethos. Just be sure that you look like a teacher and a person deserving respect.

  • Take care of your classroom. If you classroom is disorganized and dirty, it will be taken as a reflection on the way you function. It will also affect the attitude of your students. Keep the room neat, organized and clean. Try and decorate it in a bright and cheerful way that conveys the kind of atmosphere you want the children to learn in. Keep the toys in the right places and get anything that is broken – and this will happen a lot with young kids – fixed as soon as possible Your behavior in organizing your classroom and ensuring that proper etiquette is observed there, with you setting the example, will go a long way in improving your effectiveness as a teacher.

  • Spend time on improving yourself. Take the trouble to learn the appropriate etiquette and behavior for all types of occasions. Learn about the things parents want to talk about and the subjects they would rather avoid. Learn how to bring up difficult issues so that the parents you are talking to do not get turned off and become uncooperative. Be open and approachable, but not a pushover.