The other day I walked into the gymnasium where my teachers were letting the children play. About at that moment they put on the old Rocky song, "The Eye of the Tiger". Whenever they did that all the children started to run around in a circle around the gym. What was really exciting was when the teachers got up and started to run with them. And so and this moment all the children were laughing, the teachers were laughing, everyone was having fun getting active and enjoying themselves.
For the rest of the day the teachers and children were talking about it. It was really fun.
There is something special when you create a moment. This moment did three things:
Number 1 it created a friendship between the teachers and the children. This relationship helps the children to WANT to do what the teachers ask them to do. People naturally want to listen to those with whom they have a good relationship.
Number 2 it helped the teachers to have fun and relax with the children. A lot of times throughout the day teachers, and parents alike, can get so caught up with all of the things that must be done that they forget to have fun themselves. One thing I always drive to do is have as much fun, or MORE fun, than the children are. This helps keep me young. This helps me to enjoy my life and my work. And if I'm enjoying what I'm doing then it is far more likely that the children will enjoy it as well.
Number 3 this moment validated the children and what they do. Anytime that you as a teacher or a parent engage in the same activity that the children are engaged in, it helps to validate what they do and who they are.
Above all else I would say the important thing is to engage with children in an activity that is not normal, as in, done on a day to day basis, make sure YOU have a lot of fun, and be present in the moment with them. You and your kids will look back on it with fond memories, at least until the next one!!
REmember, you are worth it and so are they.
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