Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it. Unhappiness covers up your natural state of well-being and inner peace, the source of true happiness.Eckhart Tolle (via blissfulbloomer)
Did you know that:
- Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder
- Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44
- About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders
- Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18 veterans die from suicide (x)
Mental illnesses are still highly stigmatized. Whether you chose to share your story or just offer to listen and help another, spread the word. We are people too and we deserve to be heard.
Toby James and his children Myrtha, Edna and Mauranee. (John Johnson / Courtesy Douglas Keister / NMAAHC, SI) Photos from: “Lost and Found Again: Photos of African-Americans on the Plains.Oh my god! This photo!
Student teaching is going well. My cooperating teacher is amazing :) I feel blessed to be in a classroom with someone who has 19years of experience teaching.
Things I have learned or noticed thus far:
1.SLEEP IS VERY IMPORTANT!!! I have to be in the bed by 11pm at the latest, but by 10pm if possible. Teaching preschoolers require a ton of energy.
2. A healthy strong immune system is a must when teaching preschoolers. Half the time my precious preschoolers do not wash their hands,sneeze and cough everywhere…not to mention the slober. ::yeesh:: But they are so adorable,always run to hug me, hold my hand or sit on my lap…and I cannot resist when one asks me to pick them up! (I’m trying to stop that though because they need to be more independent). Anywho I have to eat healthier to get the vitamins and nutrients I need so I don’t get sick as often. I also bought Vitamin D,Zinc and Echinacea. I plan on getting fish oil and vitamin C as well.
3. Nothing ever goes as planned…so have many alternatives and activities for the day.
4. Be prepared to think outside the box when describing things to preschoolers. Break everything down to simplest form. It is funny how many concepts I think are “simple” that my preschoolers haven’t begun to absorb yet. Then I remember this is probably their first school experience and things are different than when I was growing up.
5. Being a preschool teacher is sort of being a mother and teacher in one.
6. Directions must be clearly stated from the beginning.
7. Since I have a baby face often times I feel like i’m the “good cop” to the “bad cop” scenario in my students eyes. Meaning they tend to think they can get away with things since I am friendly. I took note from my classroom management class and began using a firm elevated tone( not yelling) and gave direct eye contact when giving warnings and I feel that got their attention. I never want to be one of those teachers that yell all the time. I always speak in a calm mellow tone, so when I do raise my voice…they know I mean business. On a classroom management note: it is important to follow through with warnings/punishments and such.
At my school we have the Green,Yellow,Red behavioral chart. The students understand they start off in Green. If they stay in Green all week, on friday they get to collect a prize from the treasure chest.
Lately, i’ll give a warning stating that they will have to be moved to yellow if a certain action isn’t corrected. If those actions persist, they have to move their clip to yellow. After yellow is red and red means they don’t receive anything from the treasure chest.
8. It’s okay to make mistakes, this is student teaching. I am here to learn and there’s no way on earth things are going to go “perfect”…I am a bit of a perfectionist which translates to me being extremely hard on myself. (i’m trying to be better about that).
9. It’s pretty awesome having preschoolers draw and make things for me <3 Warms my soul!
10. I have favorites but I like all of my students even the ones who are hard headed or a handful. They all are unique and have some interesting quirks that make me smile.
11. Our class sings alot but we don’t have any musical instruments! I need to incoporate some maracas,drums or something into class time,pronto.
12. Detailed lesson plans will help save the day! (I’m currently about to type up mine for next week to submit tomorrow) Toodles!