What it’s like to be an elementary school teacher – Part 5

A National Board Certified Teacher explains what an educator’s life is really like. The series is a value-added collection of Best ClassAntics Posts EVER! Each post explains something about a teacher’s life and links to ClassAntics posts with relevant teaching tips.

Part Five: We put time, money and energy into meeting kids’ basic needs

Teachers wear many hats, slipping each day between the roles of parent, social worker, social coordinator, and tutor. We care deeply about our students and don’t hesitate to spend our time, money and energy to meet their basic needs.

Many ClassAntics posts reflect the little things teachers do for their students. The three-part series on kids and glasses shows some of what we go through: the grief we take for referring reluctant glasses wearers, how we help obtain glasses for students, and common pitfalls we encounter each year.

Kids and Glasses Part One: It Often Begins in Third or Fourth Grade
Kids and Glasses Part Two: Common Pitfalls for Students New to Wearing Glasses
Kids and Glasses Part Three: Special Cases

I feed my class every year. It started with keeping spare supplies, but as the economy got worse and lunchtime crept later each year, my class developed a Stack a Day Habit for Saltine crackers. I keep spare treats for kids with allergies so they enjoy something yummy when a classmate brings in a treat.

I like my students to be comfortable and happy when they learn. The class has a stash of sweatshirts, because Cold Kids Can’t Think. Chapped lips are a major distraction, so we have the Class Vaseline Jar with Q-tips so students can get a dose of relief. Some kids have trouble focusing because of ADHD or some other issue; I find that Point & Focus really helps them.

Sometimes we have to help our students do the best they can with the hand life has dealt them. My post about Kids Who Miss School to Baby-sit offers advice for helping students with adult responsibilities make the most of their time at school.


 

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