How do you prepare for work each day?

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”

I value positivity and a sense of security in the classroom, above all else.

For it is only when students feel safe, supported, and uplifted are they motivated to learn.

Creating a harmonious classroom atmosphere happens long before the school bell rings.

Which is why my preparation for teaching psychology includes both physical and mental preparation.

Ultimately, the more relaxed and happy I am, the more calm and content my students will be.

I am grateful for every student I teach and I want to make sure that they get the best of me.

Physical Preparation for Work = Exercise

Mental Preparation for Work = Psychology

How do you prepare for your job each day?

24 thoughts on “How do you prepare for work each day?

  1. I have the same routine every week in the classroom and it gets the students ready for class and also lets them know the tone for example if they weren’t well behaved the previous lesson I’m a little tougher. I was sick last week and had no voice – my students were all very alarmed when I didn’t bound in chatting away until I croaked out a hello! I’m starting to do yoga before class so I’m awake, energised and ready to teach!

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  2. I loved reading your post. I’m retired. I was in the classroom for 15 years, and administration for 10. Prior to that was doing rehab counseling.

    I loved to get up early, had time taking care myself before I went on the road. Since it was an hour driving, I listen to devotional station to nourish my spirit, then listen to classical music to lubricate my soul.

    I got to work half an hour early, even though the preparation was done the previous day before leaving the classroom, I made sure that when the student walked in, my attention was in them, not in figuring out what to do. My students did well.

    At the end of the year making next year’s class configuration, the next grade teachers always loved to inherit my students.

    Each day when I was driving home, again I listened o classical music to ease whatever stress I had during the day, so that I could walk into my home with a refreshed mind to meet my family.

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    1. So many wonderful ideas for fostering student connection & success! I particularly loved how you wrote: “I made sure that when the student walked in, my attention was in them, not in figuring out what to do.” Thank you for sharing Miriam! I will definitely be taking my work preparation up a notch with your creative ideas. πŸŒŸπŸ’«

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      1. Thank you, Andrea. When I got into administration, part of my work was parent education. I just prepare the powerpoint, and a lot of the rest was interaction. There was a County course, when done, we had graduation and certificates. Some parents said that was their ‘first’ graduation. That brought tears into my eyes.

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      1. I had cancer toward the end of my career. Took one year to have treatment and recuperation. But went back to work for one more year to get the maximum of retirement. Now I don’t have a strict routine due to the side effect of cancer, get enough sleep is my priority. Thank you for your comment!

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  3. This is SO IMPORTANT, Andrea. Thank you. You are an inspiration to me.

    I prepare for work by exercising, doing forgiveness, and meditation. I also look to my heart and ask myself how I can nurture myself today. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for sharing. So glad you are here. Forgiving as preparation – I love it!
    Blessings,
    Debbie

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  4. What a great idea. Most people just get up and go to work each day, simply getting there and then reacting to what shows up. Interesting insight: I was pretty good about preparing for going home each day after work. On the drive home I would reflect on what went right that day and what I learned that day. This helped me decompress and be in a good mood for my family time. Never occurred to me to do something similar to prepare for work.

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    1. I love your strategies for decompressing after work. My pre-teaching strategies have been fine-tuned over the years. Mental / Intellectual preparation is important for sure. While Physical / Energetic preparation has become paramount.

      Goal = Energizing + Educational + Entertaining lecture

      So much so that I’m conscious of whom I interact with before class, what music I listen to en route to work, and the greeting I give to students as they arrive in the classroom. Sometimes I even give them a standing ovation! Anything & everything to get them into the “learning moment”.

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    2. Jerry, That’s so insightful that you thought to do that to be prepared to interact with your family. That is a rare man indeed! (as compared with the one who just comes home and wants to be left alone because he worked hard all day and feels he “deserves” to prop up his feet and ignore his family.) Kudos to you!!

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