@Vicky It is important to strike a balance between your professional and personal life. When you step out of school, think that you will resume everything related to school, the following day. Go home with positivity time with and think how you can spend quality time with your family. If you are stressed or burdened, your family will sense it too and it will be difficult for you to bond as a family.
@Vicky Hi Vicky. I can completely feel how you are feeling. Being a teacher or anywhere where we are working with children, the atmosphere is much different from the usual jobs. It is difficult to strike a balance I agree because you are in some way interacting with children at school as well as at home. I would suggest you to start small. Both at school and at home. Take those conscious steps to build a balance between work and home by not thinking or discussing about each at the other places.
@Anonymous Dear Teacher, It helps to have a one-on-one conversation with a child who is reluctant to participate in activities. Have a chat with him to find out what he thinks and feels about the activity. Maybe he needs to have more details about it, or he could have some fears about it. He could be afraid of making mistakes, or not being accepted by other children doing the same activity. Or he just may not be interested in a particular activity. Whatever the situation, your personal attention will make the child feel cared for. He will begin to build trust in you. That’s when you can begin to motivate him and gently push him to try out one activity at a time.
@Anonymous Dear Teacher, Managing your class can be quite tough sometimes. There are so many different children to deal with the defiant ones, the silent ones, the exuberant ones, the shy ones etc. To help you manage your class effectively we have put together this clipbook: https://www.parentcircle.com/clipbook/effective-classroom-management/
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@Anonymous Dear Teacher, Thank you for reaching out to us. It shows the amount of interest you have in your student’s academic success. For your students to remember and recall long answers use the following techniques: You can also remind your students to keep practicing the techniques for them to work. 1. Help your students find out what their learning strength is. You can give this simple multiple intelligence test to help your students identify their individual learning strengths. Here’s one that you can use. https://teachables.scholastic.com/teachables/books/multiple-intelligence-questionnaire-9780439590204_001.html 2. Chunking Help your students break up a long answer into small chunks to remember and recall. 3. Colour coding Ask your students to use two to three colours to highlight important points. It will help them recollect important information. Using a mix of strong and pleasing colours alternatively helps the brain to remember better. Too many colours can distract them. Make sure they use not more than three colours. 4. Mnemonics Mnemonics is a memory tool which can help children remember difficult and lengthy information. Get your students to use the right brain to create vivid mental images and associate them with the information they are learning. Here are a few things children can do to create Mnemonics. 1. Use positive and pleasant images rather than unpleasant ones. The brain remembers the pleasant ones better. 2. Use vivid colourful, which makes it easier to remember. 3. Use all your senses to remember certain information. Mnemonics can contain images, smell, sound, taste, touch, movement. 4. Associate feelings and emotions with things you want to remember. 5. Use humor! Weird and unusual things that are funny are by far easy to remember. 6. Make up silly rhymes, add a catchy tune to it and see if you can forget it.
@Anonymous As children grow they change in many ways. Its helpful when a teacher accepts these changes instead of comparing how they were as young children. How you relate to them can make all the difference. Understand that their questions arise from curiosity, not from defiance. They are preoccupied with growing up and will need reminders, coaching and encouragement. Set clear limits about how they should behave. Ensure that they face consequences for misbehaviour. Be firm when they step outside boundaries. Heres a link for more helpful information https://www.edutopia.org/article/relationships-matter-more-rules
@Anonymous A child who lacks support at home usually looks for it in school. As a teacher, you can reach out to him. The first step is to let him know that you care about him. Build a supportive relationship by showing an interest in his school activities and in other things that he likes. Encourage him to seek your help and let him know that you will always make time for him whenever he needs it. As he begins to build trust in you, be sure to keep his personal stories confidential. While you give him this special attention, make sure that you are also attentive to other children in your class. Heres a link for more helpful information https://www.ted.com/talks/rita_pierson_every_kid_needs_a_champion?language=en
@Anonymous There are two ways of understanding the term hyperactive. The first one is a clinical condition that must be diagnosed by a clinical psychologist. The second refers to children who are very active and restless. A child diagnosed with clinical hyperactivity will benefit from occupational therapy. An extremely restless and overactive child is high in energy and tends to have a low attention span. To keep a check on his attention span, monitor his work frequently in a firm but kind manner. Give him genuine praise every time he makes an effort to finish a task within a given time frame. To help him channelize his energy, give him tasks that require him to move around such as running errands, collecting books in the class etc. Heres a link for more helpful information https://www.parentcircle.com/article/not-all-attention-problems-are-adhd/
@Anonymous It is possible for a special needs child to learn along with normal children, provided they get the necessary support. To begin with, the child needs to be evaluated by a professional and the assessment report must contain a specific diagnosis and recommendations. Based on these inputs, the teachers and the special educator can prepare an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the child. It is best not to expect the child to follow the pace of the class. Instead, the IEP will take the child forward at her pace. A special needs child will benefit when teachers understand her condition and provide personalized attention and support in the class. It is also helpful when the teacher works along with the parents and guides them on how they can teach and support the child at home. Heres a link for more helpful information https://www.parentcircle.com/article/understanding-special-needs/