After a lengthy absence from teaching this past year and a half, I have decided to begin blogging once again. My intention is to continue to share my thinking while ensuring that I take time to look after my health and never let my work become more important than caring for myself.
In Kindergarten, the first few weeks of school are never easy. Let us remember during these challenges that all children enter school with the best of intentions. They all seek our care, compassion, and understanding. They all want to make friends, belong, and have fun. They may carry some fears, some unresolved behaviour issues, or underdeveloped skills.
As teachers, we enter these first few weeks with the best of intentions too. We long to nurture, to teach, to help. We may feel a loss of control, along with lots of uncertainty, as we learn about our new ship and its crew. Remember, you are a capable captain, and you will learn just as much in these first few weeks as your students do. Be kind to yourself.
Lastly, remember to take time to slow down and listen. Learn as much as you can about your students in these early days. This knowledge acts like fertilizer for your soil, preparing the conditions for growth later on.
Wishing you all the joy, peace, and kindness you deserve in the weeks ahead.
Dedicated teacher for the past 18 years. Lifelong learner. Newbie blogger. Follow me on Twitter @Baker1973Cathy