De-Stress Before You Distress

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Cool and
Composed Classrooms

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Classroom management can be the most stressful and frustrating
aspect of your ministry. Here’s what the veterans say about keeping
a grip on classroom management.

  • Focus on the positive. A kind word, a smile, a
    compliment, or a pat on the back lets children know they’re doing
    well and their efforts are appreciated.
  • Set rules. Establish three to five general rules at
    the beginning of the year. Make sure kids understand the rules and
    the consequences. Send copies home so parents also have a role in
    helping kids with accountability.

Preparation
Anxiety

Stay prepared — and stress-free with these tips.

  • Relax. Realize that you can never be totally prepared
    for everything that’ll come up, and relax. Be flexible. Have faith
    that your kids are excited to learn.
  • Pace yourself. Some people complete tasks immediately
    to avoid stress. Others procrastinate and seem to work best under
    pressure. Either way, stay focused, energized, and enthusiastic
    when you’re preparing. And take breaks. Close your eyes and
    visualize calm and peaceful images during your preparations.
  • Get kids and parents to help. Let kids organize
    supplies and your classroom so they have more ownership. Let
    parents know how they can help, either by volunteering or donating
    supplies.

     

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