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Positive Thoughts Go A Long Way

Big SmileI was over at the school today doing some more work getting my classroom set up for the new batch of second graders who will be here in two weeks. My principal stopped me to talk about some changes that will occur in my grade this year.  She wanted to know my feelings about the new teacher who will join us. I told her that we would work with her and try to help out as much as possible, and if she does her part, things will work out just fine. My principal thanked me for always having a good attitude in most situations. (Apparently someone else on the grade level has been complaining to her about the change.)

Now, I know that the change for the new teacher is going to be tough. This particular teacher was in charge of computer lab for the past four years, and due to budget concerns in the district, her position was taken out, so she was re-assigned to our grade to replace a retiring teacher. She worked with us a few years back, and had a very rough time in the classroom.  She was very needy, unable to plan effectively,  and disorganized.  It was rumored that was the reason for her reassignment to the lab-no grades, no homeroom, no tests, no planning.

Knowing what I know about the difficulty of the situation for everyone involved, I could have easily  expressed doubts and led the principal to think that we can't handle it.  Instead, I took the  positive approach and assured her that we'll all do our part to help the new one as much as we can.  Sometimes it's just what you have to do to make the situation bearable.

Does this mean I don't gripe like everybody else?  NO!  I'm not a saint!  I know that nothing is perfect 100% of the time, and I do get frustrated over some of the pressures put on us and the students to perform.  But, I have seen so often those who are constantly complaining bring out the worst in their colleagues.  With that said, my goal this year is to avoid those who bring me down with all of the whining and associate with people who can find the good in things most of the time.

So, who's with me on this?Wink

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2007 7:25 PM by sellen
Comments

MysteryTeacher said:

Go Positive!  Help here out.  She could end up a fantastic teacher.  Our computer lab person is actually teaching the kids and has fantastic control.  Maybe she learned something after 4 years.

# August 2, 2007 9:13 PM

Joel said:

Good for you. If you've read any of my blog entries before, and I know you have, then you KNOW I am all for being positive. Bad teachers generally are great teachers who don't know how to control things (the students, their paperwork, their own persona lives, etc.). If those who have begun to figure things out will reach out and offer a hand, then there's no telling what will happen!

# August 6, 2007 6:42 AM

watermusic said:

"But, I have seen so often those who are constantly complaining bring out the worst in their colleagues.  With that said, my goal this year is to avoid those who bring me down with all of the whining and associate with people who can find the good in things most of the time."

Isn't that the truth.  I made the same decision this year.  I spent a peacful summer of prayer and meditation and am different because of it. I'm not so quick to react one way or another.  I keep away from people who are not just negative but want to have praise and adoration all the the time. What I discovered though, is not everyone likes the change.  They don't understand why I'm not the cheerleader I was, no matter how they act, and they see calm abiding as not happy or rude.  It's interesting to say the least. Today a teacher let me have it and I stayed calm...much to her dismay.  It's hard to fight when someone won't fight back or become a target.

# August 7, 2007 4:08 PM

John Spencer said:

The cool part is that after awhile, when a few teachers start to get positive, the staff climate and culture change.  For example, even though I vent on blogs (always against the system rather than the people) I try and stay positive at work - toward the staff, the students and the parents.  At first, there was some real resentment, as if I was being a male Pollyana.  Then, over time, when a few other teachers began who were positive, it changed.  

# August 10, 2007 6:31 AM
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