Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tips for New Preschooler Teachers by Adrienne Carlson


It’s never easy to teach children. Kids are unpredictable, they tend to become cranky when they’re uncomfortable or hungry, and they may throw tantrums when they don’t get their way. But, they’re so much fun to be around; their energy is infectious, and they show their affection for you in more ways than one. Kids are both exasperating and lovable, so when you’re teaching a group of preschoolers, you need to learn how to remain calm under all circumstances.

Don’t stay strictly to your plans: When you’re teaching preschoolers, you cannot stick rigidly to your plans, either for your lessons or schedules. You must be able to improvise and go with the flow; otherwise you’re going to end up feeling very frustrated.

Use stories to good effect: If there’s one thing that’s bound to hold a child’s attention, it’s a story. Use costumes, props, and story related activities to keep their interest. They also enjoy things that are not routine, like a trip to the playground or a game of catch in the park. So mix up ideas and routines when you’re in charge of preschoolers.

Discipline should be firm but gentle: Be firm in your authority without frightening the child into submission. You must be able to make the child understand that in the classroom, he or she is just like the rest of the children and they must follow the classroom rules. Get children involved in setting the rules so they will be more likely to obey them.

Maintain good relations with the parents: When you teach preschoolers and interact with them on a regular basis, you must know their parents well and be able to maintain good relationships with them. Treat all kids and parents equally to avoid criticism and accusations of bias.

Kids are quick and enthusiastic learners, so you can bet your teaching experience will be rewarding and satisfying.

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This guest article was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of accelerated online degree http://acceleratedonlinedegree.org/. Adrienne welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: adrienne.carlson83@yahoo.com

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Donna M. McDine said...

What terrific tips. Ones parents can certainly use with their own children.

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