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Stressed Out K – 12 Education Series

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Are You Stressed Out?
In this new series: Stressed Out K – 12 Education, we don’t wait for the “What If We Set Up Teachers for Success Discussion?” I will cover classroom issues surrounding special needs, at-risk behaviors, student – teacher and teacher – parent relationships, and much more as it relates to reducing stress created from educational systems, narrow minded thinking of difficult colleagues, and the headaches of some one else’s undisciplined kids.

Respect Gone Wild
One of the things I get asked a lot from new classroom teachers is, “How do I get my students back on track once I have lost their respect?”  The cry is always the same, “Their behavior is really stressing me out.” Whenever this happened to me I’d get this bubbling panic feeling in my stomach that made me want to take off running down the hallway and out of the building. There are common reasons why this may have happened to you if you are new to teaching or if you have been around a few years, but lost your footing.  Capturing kids hearts may be the goal.

Regain Traction
Over the next several weeks I will be covering situations and details that help identify both circumstances and methods to attack the problems.  Together we will bring your classroom management full circle, putting you back in the pilots seat as lead teacher in charge of your domain.  I intend to help put your feet back on the ground so you can gain more traction from all that hard work being put into those lesson plans.  You have more control that you realize.

Where Did My Focus Go?
When you first recognize things getting out of control do what we are taught to do when we discover our clothes are burning. Stop, drop, and roll.  Stop doing whatever you are doing, it’s not working anyway. Focus your attention internally.  Have you stopped breathing? Breathe.   Have you blindly ignored the source? Drop all distracting attention getters and be present.   Some times thoughts of life issues bigger than the classroom rob us of giving our undivided focus. With a little practice of the methods covered in this series you will regain focus on the things most important to your adorable students in disguise.   And finally, roll with the punches.  Yeah, yeah, I know students are throwing harder punches at an early age now days but some things never change.  The reality is you have what it takes to take those little punches and roll with it.  Taking punches better be part of your training if you plan on being Queen Bee of the playground. Until next time play to win, your pursuit of classroom happiness depends on it.

Copyright © 2009 | LaRon A. Carter “The Guest Teacher

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