It has come to my attention from a couple of peers and new teachers that nobody ever really prepares teachers for the nitty-gritty of being in the classroom. College classes arm you with theory and inspiration and idealism, but there’s no true prep for the stuff that you didn’ think would happen. (Ex: During the story you’re reading your aide is out of the room taking a child to the bathroom and someone throws up all over. Or, Timmy hides under the table every time his father comes to pick him up, and Dad doesn’t do anything about it.) Of course, I realize that nothing except ‘living through it’ can teach you about these situations, but wouldn’t it be nice if you had a clue?
I’m percolating about the best way to address this. Is it a class/workshop for pre-teachers called, “You never thought this would happen, did you?” Where they are given several real-life situations to brainstorm about, the idea being, “What is your plan? Now what is your plan when the first plan completely fails? And your back-up plan for that?”
Should it be a book? Is that too anecdotal? I have to say, I could probably write a book about the angst of teaching preschool, but it would be pretty specific to my situation.
Should this website be more like a blog? I could list things that happen during my day, and perhaps it would be helpful to the stray person who comes across this site? (And you, Lindsey. )
I don’t know. I’m in the trenches – someone who lives it everyday and has come to do certain things out of habit that work for me. I’ve come to realize that making it look easy doesn’t mean that it’s actually easy. It is work. Every day. It exhausts me.
I know that the comments are turned off, but if anyone has a suggestion, I’m open to it.