Sunday, April 17, 2016

Let Them Be Little

You know those moments as a teacher when you want to pull your hair out?  Not because of the kids.  Not because of their parents.  Not even because of administration or that long list of 'extras' we do in our classroom every day that seem unrelated to our job as a teacher.  
No.  I'm talking about those moments, when you feel so much pressure as a teacher for your students to perform.  I'm talking end of the year testing.  That moment when you hold your breath and have that quiet moment of panic.  "Will they remember everything I've taught them?"  "Have I done all I could?"  "Was it enough?"  
Yes.  Of course you've taught them.  You've done formative assessments, summative assessments, common assessments, small group instruction, whole group instruction, RTI, and tutoring.  You've put in the work and in your brain you know it, but your teacher heart still worries.  And often, that pressure you've put on yourself, changes your teaching.  That's when you feel the worst.  When you've been pushing and worrying and working and hoping and praying for your students to achieve and in reality you've forgotten the number one thing you SHOULD be doing to make your students successful.  
Make a connection.
Make it fun. Make it hands on.  Make it memorable.  Let them know they are loved.  Let them know you are proud of them.  Let them make mistakes and then tell them that's ok.  Tell them to do their best.  Tell them they are smart and sweet.  Smile.  Laugh.  Be silly.
We're getting close to the end of the year.  Yes, they are crazy.  Yes, they are loud.  Yes, you probably want to scream. Just remember they are little.  Let them be little.  


  1. What a sweet post! I completely agree-I was just telling my students that these last few weeks we are going to do some just for fun units.

    Not Just Child's Play

    1. Thank you! They need that! I want my students to look back on Kindergarten and remember not only all that they learned but also that they had fun and their teacher loved them. :)