Getting Practical to Get to the Spiritual
A) You can start the school year by rushing into the classroom five minutes before the children arrive. Frantically reading over a lesson plan, you search for the crayons with one hand and the juice pitcher with the other, wishing you had some way of knowing each child’s name in group time.B) You can make a few plans and take some notes for the upcoming year during the generous month of July. This will allow you to enter that first day of class with a sense of delight in the children, a welcoming classroom, and a lack of panic—and begin a school year that is beneficial for everyone.
If you go with Plan A, I suggest you ask your guardian angel to be at your side! For Plan B, get a notebook and pen, and read on. (Angels are always welcome, however!)
NOTE: Some teachers have a policy of letting parents of very anxious children stay (if possible) for the class time. Other teachers take the ‘rip the bandage off fast’ approach and ask parents to leave quickly. Both methods work some of the time! If you choose to have parents leave quickly, it would be very helpful if you have another adult or a teen helper to attend to a crying child.