A good lead-assistant teacher relationship is crucial for a kid’s early years of development.
Although the teacher’s main goal is to teach kids basicknowledge to spark their interest and intelligence, having a healthy and productive working relationship between lead and assistant is definitely what makes or breaks the working environment.
In order to avoid problems and tension with your working partner as a lead preschool teacher, following these tips will come in handy when it comes to making the classroom a better place to work, teach, and even learn yourself.
Be Straight-Forward and Define Roles
No matter how hard it may seem at first, it’s vital for the working group to set things straight between the lead and assistant teacher. Avoiding this will lead to confusion in the classroom, affecting the overall dynamic between the two education practitioners.
Having a partner at the job can come handy, defining each of the teachers’ dutiesbeforehand is the best option. Besides, it is best for both kids and teachers to have a role set in order to avoid confusion in front of toddlers.
Communicate the Right Way
Wanting to vent out every frustration is a normal feeling to have when dealing with 10+ kids and an assistant teacher at the same time. On the other hand, sharing every thought that crosses your mind is definitely not a good thing.
Learn to address these issues between both education practitioners and be patient when dealing with the assistant teacher. Sometimes being right and having the final word after an argument is not as important as being kind and keeping the harmony within both parties.
Plan Teaching Strategies Together
Planning everything inside the classroom may be the lead teacher’s job, but asking for your assistant’s help and opinions on the matter can help the working dynamic. This will result in better lessons for kids, and better educational results for preschoolers.
Having a nice brainstorming gathering with your assistant will result in the best strategies to get the most out of kids’ skills and overall strengths.
Get on the Same Boat When Disciplining Kids’ Behavior
When dealing with challenging kids in the classroom it is vital for both teachers to be on the same page. Giving contradictory orders to kids may damage the working dynamic, as it may lead kids to lose respect for the teacher.
Besides, the same principle applies when discussing the issue with parents. Remember, playing the good cop/bad cop game doesn’t work here.
Spend Some Quality Time Together
Become friends and develop some camaraderie between the two of you. Call each other, set a coffee date, and even chat a bit. Get to know each other outside school and talk about little things besides work. This will strengthen the working partnership and the overall dynamic.
Avoid Venting About a Working Partner within the Working Environment
When having a fit with a working partner, it’s vital for you to discuss the issue directly with the person you are mad at. But it’s important to avoid venting out in front of other teachers, parents, students, or higher-ups.
Keeping the working relationship intact will always be the right thing to do. Follow these tips to get the best out of your working partnership and set mutual goalsin order to provide the best education for preschoolers.