Quick tips for teachers or moms to make your day easier:
Are you walking into a classroom for the first time? Or are you a mom that just needs some gentle reminders? Take a look at the quick tips for teachers and moms.
Regardless of who you are, remember these tips for a great day!
#1. Never give an empty threat– if you are having a hard time in the class or at home and you are trying to gain back control it is so easy to fall into the rut of threatening, anything just anything. Regardless if you mean it or not.
However, it is important to know that children will notice you do not mean it and will stop taking your word. It actually does much worse than not doing anything! Firstly they will be less likely to believe you the next time you discipline and secondly you are diminishing your respect in their eyes.
#2 Catch children doing good– if you notice great behavior, share it with the class. Let them know how you expect them to behave by complimenting the behavior you want imitated.
#3. Clear Expectations- Are you sure the children know what you expect of them? Did you clearly explain and ensure they all understand? Modeling behavior and actions is helpful for children and they can relate to it more easily than abstract rules.
#4 Appropriate for their age level- Are your expectation on par for their age? Sometimes expectations are either too low or too high for the children. Asking an eight year old to make dinner is too of a complicating task. All children can help with household or classroom duties however they need to be on par with what they can do. Asking a Pre -k child to take care of her lunch plate is perfectly reasonable and a great way to teach responsibility and ownership.
#5 Keep your relationship in mind- Build your relationship with your child or student with kind words. Show them you care and want to hear what is going on.