Heading Back to the Classroom

It’s so great to hear that despite the pandemic, we will be able to head back to the classroom. After taking classes virtually for what feels like forever, it’ll be so refreshing to be back to in-person interactions. Of course, finding motivation is another thing you really need to focus on right now so that you are prepared.

Covid-19 has been quickly changing the game when it comes to student-teacher interactions. It hasn’t been easy with our lives being limited to the screen and all that video chats have come to offer us. As you learn a few ways to keep motivated while you prepare lesson plans for students just remember that change is what you make it, and it really can be a good thing. Students will need to know this too. 

Build Healthy Habits

As you adjust your morning routine and begin waking up earlier to prepare for an academic day outside of your house, don’t forget that your habits are the foundation for the rest of your life. In order to bring the best version of yourself to the classroom for your students, you need to make sure your habits include caring for yourself.

Set aside a fraction of your time each day to do something that you love. Start a new book, or try out a new recipe for dinner. Little things like these reinforce your connection with yourself which is sure to help you project a more confident persona when it comes to being the head of a classroom. Help students to figure out a way to do this as well. It may even help to be intentional with some words of encouragement for a student who may be having a hard time. 

Pat Yourself on the Back!

It can’t be easy trying to adjust over and over again to the changes that Covid-19 keeps presenting. Being a teacher makes you a leader to the students who are also trying to figure out how to keep up with the chaos. By learning and adjusting yourself you will be better prepared to guide them through the ups and downs that keep arising. Sometimes encouragement for students quotes they can rely on and letting them know you are there, is all they need.

You deserve to appreciate the flexibility that has gotten you this far. Being able to adapt when necessary is the skill that will carry you through any changes in the future. Be patient with yourself and know that you are doing the best you can within the circumstances the pandemic has laid out. Provide words of encouragement for a student through discussion or on the wall as a reminder with posters. 

 Encouragement Words to Students
The good thing is, it doesn't take a lot to be encouraging.  And, even if you are not feeling great at the time, you can still be a ray of light to someone else. For example, some encouragement words to students can be specific feedback on something they did well.  Or, even better, would be words that tell them how important their effort was in an activity. Some teachers even opt for student encouragement quotes found on the internet or ones that are already popular. If you are looking for some encouragement posters see them here.  Otherwise, best wishes on your journey.  You can do this!!!