Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
Staying motivated is key for elementary educators, as teaching is an important calling. Grand Canyon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education that provides the tools and resources you need to be an effective an elementary school teacher. This program could be just what you need to become a motivated educator in the near future.
At this point, you may be wondering how to stay motivated as a teacher. Here are a few ways elementary educators can stay motivated in the classroom:
Remind Your Students You Care
In today’s educational system, students can be discouraged by their teachers’ lack of effort in the classroom and failure to show their passion for teaching. Growing up in school with teachers who do not appear to care for their students or the art itself can be extremely disheartening for those who genuinely desire to learn.
If you ask a student who their favorite teacher was when they were in elementary school, they will likely tell you about the teacher who took time out of their day to help them, encourage them to work hard and remind them of their talent and worth. By showing students that you truly care for not only their education, but also about them as individuals, you will receive their dedication to school that can provide the satisfaction you sought out in becoming a teacher in the first place.
Keep Your Focus
Staying focused on any task can be challenging, especially when you hit a rough patch. Teaching requires you to work diligently and stay calm no matter the circumstances, as the students’ education is the top priority. Elementary educators have a great deal on their plate when it comes to lesson planning, classroom management and grading assignments – it is a balancing act that requires precision and patience.
When things seem like they are heading downhill, it is important to keep your head up and remind yourself that it will always get better. Remember that your passion for teaching is the fuel for your actions in the classroom, and the end goal is to positively mold the lives of young students so they are well-equipped and mentally prepared to take on the challenges of the educational journey.
Pray for Your Students
The power of prayer is the strongest motivator of all; when all else fails, God never will. Take the time during your own meditation and reflection periods to pray for your students and their success. Trust that God will lead you to guide and mentor even the most unwilling students and break down the barriers that are in their way. Believe that you are serving the Lord through education, and smile because you know it to be true.
Elementary school teachers play a prominent role in the lives of young students. They are given the opportunity to guide the future minds of our community members and leaders, and prepare them for their individual future successes. Though this can seem to be an intimidating task, as teaching is not void of challenges, it can also be rewarding for the teachers who take the time to focus on ensuring that their students are receiving the best education they can.
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Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a sophomore majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.