Sarah - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
I'm a preschool art teacher and I get stressed out before work! I'm usually a very free spirited ,open minded and relaxed person. I guess a modern hippie. haha But when I work with some of the kids I have a few challenges. Some of my kids are very happy to create art or I have few mixed in the group that either have ADHD or personal issues. It's hard for me to get threw lessons with the kids that want to learn about the project. But It's also hard for me cause I care so much about the the few kids in the bunch that very noticeable need that extra help. I think I care so much cause I'm a mom and I think that kids get that warm vibe from me. Some of the smaller ones have been giving me hugs when I come in and it makes me feel so good.
I just started working again teaching art to preschoolers and tweens. I was at home with my daughter off and on for years in and out of jobs because I was dealing with separation issues. I guess I was worried her grades would slip or something bad might happen if I didn't stay at home. But I'm learning to let go a bit now that she is older. And really passionate about what I'm doing.
Sometimes I just feel so uncomfortable, it's hard I may say hi to some of the teachers and they can be kinda cold to me cause I'm new. I'm not sure if there threatened by me or think that art is not important for the kids to learn. So that's really hard. Also the directors want me to do more artsy stuff and I could and want too but they give me such a short slot of time with the kids that I have to rush through projects. And I worry if there good enough. It's hard I'm a real artist I paint huge paintings everyday and do gallery events.So I have a more eccentric way of expressing art.
But this goes on every week. Before I go to work my tummy rumbles and feel very nervous. :( Any advice on how to stay positive, keep calm and communicate better with the kids and people in the workplace?