What are you like at setting a positive tone in your classroom each day? Tone is the attitude and mood you bring to the classroom and it can make a BIG difference between a child enjoying coming to school or begging to stay home. I have experienced this first hand both as a teacher and as a parent.
As teachers, we all have difficulties and stress going on in our lives and it can be very challenging not to bring those issues to work with us. However, we do have the choice to leave those problems at the door. We have the choice to wear a smile, be welcoming, encouraging and to take a genuine interest in the children we are entrusted to teach. As we all know, not every student has the best home life either. Teachers have students who are dealing with the fallout of divorce, domestic violence, deaths in families, serious illness, drugs and many other factors which impact their lives.
Educators have the opportunity every morning to influence students for the better and that influence may be greater than you realise. The tone you set every morning will set you up for the rest of the day. So it’s important to make it a good one. Here are a few ways to start setting a positive tone in your classroom.
Finally, every child and adult wants to feel loved, appreciated and understood. It’s amazing how the little things can make a big difference in the life of a child. A smile or a kind word can not only impact your students, but it can impact your teaching colleagues, teacher aides, parents and administration staff.
Try it today!
…till next time, Naomi xx