Challenges of Teaching Children
The job of preschool teachers seems really enjoyable to many. Well, it does have that ‘cute’ part attached to it, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges and difficulties. Trying to make little children behave, and make them learn something at the same time is not easy at all. For someone who is new into the profession of a preschool teacher, will find it quite overwhelming when they are just starting out. Well, that’s not surprising at all, because even seasoned preschool teachers often find themselves in a situation where they just don’t know what to do. It would be much better for preschool teachers to know about the potential challenges of teaching children beforehand, and prepare to tackle them. In this article, I would like to mention some of the common challenges associated with teaching preschool children. You’d be able to deal with these challenges much better by knowing so.
Point to be noted, if you are a preschool teacher who no longer enjoys working with little children and trying to teach them something new, you are not out of options, as Suzanne Klein’s Blog has some amazing tips for you.
Without any further due, let’s discuss the challenges!
The Kids Themselves
Well, it is quite obvious. The kids themselves are not easy to handle at all. Most preschool children are not even 7, and they just don’t know how to receive their lessons. Very often they are too playful, and don’t see the point in learning new things. In addition, they don’t want to stay without their parents at all. You will find yourself in situations where a kid won’t stop crying and looking for his mama. It is also not easy to communicate with them, as they don’t tend to understand logic and reason. Some cranky children will not pay heed to what you say, and will just want to be themselves. Preschool teachers are expected to understand the unique needs of such children, and communicate with them effectively in their own language to teach them new things in disguise of play time. Don’t get annoyed when you have to act like a child as well, so that the child itself listens to you and behaves in an appropriate manner. You will have to be really patient and intelligent to take care of them properly and effectively. Remember, probably a lot of these children will receive their first ever formal education from you, and the experience they receive will stay with them forever.
I have not met a single preschool teacher who hasn’t dealt with entitled parents. These entitled parents behave like adult kids, and make so many unreasonable requests. It is important for you to expect that some parents will simply be unreasonable, and you will have to find ways to make sure that they don’t affect your daily lesson plans. You will mainly encounter these parents when they come to drop off their children or pick them up. Try to listen to what they have to say, and politely make them understand when they make an unreasonable request. You should frame your reasonings around how you are doing what is needed for the betterment of their children. Even entitled parents love their children a lot, and they will most likely listen to you if they understand that you are working at the best interest of their kids.
To be honest, this is true for literally any school teacher. Teachers are assigned a plethora of paperworks by default. You will be responsible for keeping track of attendance, record of their activities, class routines, lesson progress, meal planning and so on. All these are additional responsibilities you will have to carry out other than just delivering the lessons. On top of that, you will also have to evaluate your students’ exam papers and provide them with feedback that they understand. There are many teachers who find all these really tiresome, and boring to some extent. Paper is barely interesting to be honest.
Lack of Recognition
Many preschool teachers feel demotivated because they don’t get the recognition they deserve from the society. People tend to think that being a preschool teacher is really easy, and anyone can do that. Well, don’t feel disheartened because of that. You should try to cater to your students’ needs as much as possible. Despite not getting enough recognition from the society, you will still feel happy when your students will shower you with love when you treat them right. No other thing is more wholesome than a 5 year old smiling at you and telling you that he loves you. Recognition from your students is the only recognition that matters, and you should try to get that instead of looking for validation from people who don’t matter in your life.