Were you caught doing something good today?

Were you caught doing something good today?

by Deborah Stewart, M.Ed.

If there is one thing I used to love, it was when my boss would catch me doing something good in my job. As a young teacher, I liked to think that everything thing I did was good but sometimes, especially during those crazy, dreaded transitions, things could look, and feel, completely chaotic.

One day, my students had just headed off to start their play in centers. It was loud, the children were excited, and I was running around like a crazy person trying to get everyone situated. Then I noticed one little girl standing in the room looking lost and sad. I stopped for a minute, talked with her and after a few seconds, the little girl was happily painting a picture at the easel.

Just as I got the little girl situated, I happened to look up and see my boss looking at me through the classroom door window. She nodded and then went on her way.

I replayed the last 5 minutes of my day several times wondering if there was anything I could have or should have done differently.

​As soon as my boss left, my mind immediately went on replay. What was I doing for the past minute while my boss was standing there? What were my students doing? Did my boss catch me doing something good or did she only see the chaos? I replayed the last 5 minutes of my day several times wondering if there was anything I could have or should have done differently. Later, my boss gave me a big complement by saying that she loved seeing such a happy classroom in action. I was thrilled.

I am going to step out on a limb here and say that you want to be caught doing something good in your classroom too. You want your parents, bosses, colleagues to see how amazing you are in the classroom. However, the reality is, there are times when your students will do the unexpected or a transition will suddenly turn your sweet calm students into chaotic (still sweet maybe) little monsters.

...even in the midst of a chaotic transition, you can still be caught doing something good.

But even in the midst of a chaotic transition, you can still be caught doing something good. Even in the midst of all the noise, whoever is watching you can still come away from the door thinking “That teacher knows how to run a happy classroom.” When good teaching practices are present, the chaos isn’t what folks see – it is the amazing teacher inside of you that they see.

Yes, transitions can look and feel chaotic but what really matters are the choices you make during the process. No matter what challenges a transition might present, you can still be caught doing something good.

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

Deborah Stewart, M.Ed.

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed.

Deborah Stewart, M.Ed.

The Solution Within You!

I'm presenting an informative  and FREE presentation on finding the solutions within you. This is a 3-part series where I will break down some common problems in the classroom and show you how to find the solutions that create engagement and confidence in your children. Click the button below to visit the presentation page.

By |2018-11-02T10:33:00+00:00August 18th, 2018|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

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