Self talk:the act or practice of talking to oneself, either aloud or silently and mentally.
There is no doubt that the emotional highs and lows of teaching are like that of a rollercoaster. It may be crazy but I self talk to stay sane, passionate and in the profession. Here are some of the little weird things I say to myself.
- What really is more important? That lesson objective or that you cared, nurtured and made someone feel important today?
- Are you lighting flames or filling buckets?
- Work smarter, not harder.
- Make a to do list.
- Consistently good is better than occasionally outstanding.
- Mark now! Don’t leave it till tomorrow.
- Are they really going to learn from this marking? Will they respond to it? Have you left it too long?
- This is not about how you teach. It is about how they learn.
- How will you capture their curiosity? Hook them in?
- Fail to plan, plan to fail.
- Before you plan- Assess. Build on from where they’re at.
- Getting observed? Feeling nervous? You’ve go this. Time to perform.
- Stop. Listen. Watch.
- Never jump to conclusions. First ask- What is going on? What happened?
- Own your emotions.
- Never let a child’s behaviour effect your ability to be the calm, stable role model in the room. Don’t do what you feel, do what is right.
- You are a professional.
- Laugh- but never at someone else’s expense.
- Be in the moment.
- A little sure progress in each lesson is the goal?
- People. We work with people.
- This job is not your whole life. Go home now.
Disclaimer: A thought doesn’t mean I practise this consistently. I’m definitely in the ‘work in progress’ club.