Aren't you, too?
Don't get me wrong... I've had some pretty smooth lessons that went very well, and I felt that I really got through to the students.
On the flip side, I've also had some lessons that have NOT gone the way that I thought they would.
So, I came up with this saying a few years back, that I tell my students almost daily:
"It's not IF something goes wrong, it's WHEN something goes wrong, and how you handle it."
Let's break that down for just a minute.
Have you ever had something go wrong?
Of course you have. We all have.
How did you react?
With Anger? Disappontment? Frustration? Sarcasm? All of the above?
Well, I learned pretty quickly that I was in search for a perfect lesson that just wasn't going to happen. Therefore, instead of getting angry when the computer wasn't plugged in, or disappointed that one of my students was staring out the window, or with frustration when I forgot to include a key piece of my lesson, or sarcastic when it just didn't go my way... I learned to hit the problem head on.
Sounds easy, right?
However, it's a critical component to being an effective teacher.
They are watching.
The students. The secretaries. The custodians. The parents. The Principals. The Aides. The Support Staff.
They're ALL watching how you handle it WHEN something goes wrong.
So instead of getting frustrated or angry, just know it's going to happen ... take a deep breath (or a few deep breaths)... smile, and carry on.
"This too, shall pass..."
So my question for YOU is...
How do you handle frustrating moments that just don't go the way you thought they were going to go?
Leave a comment, as I would love to hear your story.
Just please don't get frustrated, sarcastic, or angry with me!!!
(If you do, I'll just breathe, smile, and relax....)