When you work as a preschool teacher (as with any other job), the first half hour or so after arriving at work is mostly spent waiting for the coffee to kick in. You are still adjusting to being awake and out in the world. Your social skills aren’t really accessible yet. However, unlike someone in a non person-facing job, who might be able to ease into their day by answering emails and spending a few minutes scanning the day’s headlines, all in the comfort of their own chair and desk while sipping a mug of their caffeinated beverage of choice, a preschool teacher does not have that luxury. It is in these first moments of the day that a teacher must spring into action.
The start of your day could very well look like this:
But it’s sprinkled with what I like to call “gems” like these from your preschoolers:
“Well, being a kid is great because you don’t have to work, but you also don’t get to make your own choices.”
“You have to try until you die, and then someone else will do it for you.”