Some of my goals for my Happiness Project are directly related to my job as a teacher. They are based on my experiences as a teacher the past two years and will hopefully push me through some difficult times this upcoming year.
1. Do not yell like a maniac – unless the situation warrants a maniacal yell (i.e. You are on the playground with another class and trying to get your students to line up to go inside. No one is coming. Cue maniacal yell).
2. Always take a deep breath before reacting to a meltdown.
3. If you aren’t fully prepared for your lesson the next day, do NOT run out of the door at 3pm. You will regret it the next morning when you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
4. Smile – even if your class is acting like they are auditioning for the circus – smile, and then think before addressing the situation.
5. Take note of the happy, cute, funny moments. Celebrate these moments! Read through them after a not-so-pleasant moment or a bad day. Remind yourself that there will be more smiles than frowns.
6. Dress up for school!!! If you dress well – you’ll feel good! And wash your dang hair once in awhile.
7. Give lots of hugs and let the kiddies know that you are on their side!
I have only been in school for 3 days, but I can tell you right now that I have noticed a difference in how I feel and how my class is acting. It is amazing. Last year I definitely did not feel like I do right now. I know for a fact that I already wanted to call out sick. This year things are different: I am positive, energetic, organized, and motivated. I am happy.
And even though I found out I am probably going to get a few more students that may or may not be the most well behaved kids in the school – I am going to look at the situation as a challenge, and not as a disaster.
This year I say, “Bring it on!”
I will not be defeated.