Top 8 Advice points on a positive attitude
“Positive attitude changes how you interact with people, and that in itself is huge. If people perceive you as a negative person, they tend to get tired of dealing with you after a while. But if you’re a positive person, you come off in a more positive light, and you’re a joy to talk to and work with and be with.”
Read these suggestions for changing the way you think and I thought about how teachers could change the way they think in order to be happier and not get burned out. Too many times I have seen new teachers give up because of negative thinking. Here are some suggestions with my spin on each suggestion.
1. “Squash negative thoughts.” Too many times I have heard teachers say on Sunday night that they hate the thought of Monday arriving or groan when Monday arrived. I have always seen successful teachers try to see Mondays as looking forward to seeing their students and hear how their weekend went. They also try to see the new week as a way to make a fresh start and be a better teacher this week than they were last week by learning from their mistakes or trying new techniques.
2. “Mantras.” My Mentor has been my true hero in all of this. He is now a veteran teacher. For the past 12 years, he would wake up and say “I feel great! It is so great to be alive!” You would never know that he was not feeling well or grumpy. He felt that by saying that, he even felt better and it changed the way he saw the day. As a teacher, as soon as I arrived in my classroom, I would say, “I’m so glad to be here and I’m going to make a difference today!”
3. “See the good in any situation.” Remember that old saying, “When you are given lemons, make lemonade” Try to find something good when things get rough in your classroom. If there is a student who misbehaves, think of it as an opportunity to try a new behavior modification technique or think of a way to redirect the behavior;
4. “Enjoy small pleasures.” Look for the little things that give you pleasure. I remember noticing that a student, who normally doesn’t do well on work, was trying harder today. Or maybe I had a few moments of free time and needed to just sit down and relax without feeling guilty about it.
5. “See the good in yourself.” Sometimes you may think you are not a good enough teacher or not effective. That is the time you should try to focus on what you are good at doing and how it affects your students. This will help you see your weaknesses in a better light so they are manageable instead of overwhelming.
6. “See the good in others.” I read somewhere that there was something good about every person. We all know that there is that one student that you just can’t stand to teach. You should try to find something you like about that student and when you do that, it will change the way you interact with that student. I’m not saying you will have a mutual like for each other, but you will be able to get along better so that you will be effective in teaching this student.
7. “Positive imaging.” You may hate to be observed and evaluated! You may not care how much experience or how good you are, you just feel scared to death. One way you can get through this is to picture a positive image of yourself teaching. You will get yourself teaching with confidence, and you will get to know your material. When you hold that image in your mind, it makes it much easier when you are observed and evaluated.
8. “Anticipate fun.” Have fun teaching! If you enjoy your job, you will do much better. Love teaching and all the unexpected things that will happen come with it. Let every day be different and never boring. If you are having fun, know the students are usually enjoying the lesson too. Try to teach as if you are the student so if you are bored with the lesson, so are the students. Also try to tell the students at the beginning, “This is going to be a fun lesson today!” That usually puts them in a receptive frame of mind and the lesson goes well.
Having a positive attitude is important as a role model for students. Sometimes they are surrounded with people who do not have this kind of attitude so showing and teaching this can really make a difference in a student’s life. With a positive attitude, success is sure to happen!