I don’t know why but this one stuck with me over the years. As a teenager I worked at my local ice rink & it was difficult when I started out because I was terribly shy. I did form a group of friends though & became part of the general social scene there (lots of high school & college students. It was a mini soap opera!).
Another shy girl started working there & after awhile we became friends. One day she very bluntly informed me that she thought I was really snobby when she first met me & that I was really fully of myself. Ouch.
Sadly, this was a lot easier then it should have been! I think we’re all hard on ourselves (at least I know women are. I don’t want to venture into men’s brains) & tend to focus on the bad versus the good. But it’s also beneficial to be aware of the bad so that maybe we can work on it or be conscious of the things that may drive others crazy.
1. I tend to be self-centered.
I’m an only child. There’s a large part of me that honestly can’t help it because for a lot of my life I really only had to think of myself. I never had to share toys with siblings. I never had to give up an activity because it interfered with a sibling’s. I wouldn’t say I’m selfish but I do tend to get wrapped up in my own little world. I honestly do not mean to but I do know it happens.
Something we’ve been noticing with our students is their inability to manage their time. Which got a few of us teachers thinking that we spend all our school years being given a list of things to do, when they’re due by, & are never taught how to actually make that happen without a lot of tears. I know I struggled through this until adulthood & even now have my breakdown moments when I’m completely overwhelmed.
So here are my basic tips for time management, whether you’re a student or an adult.
As a teacher there is one phrase that cannot make you more mad & want to explode on a tirade of your profession to the poor suspecting soul who just thought they were making an innocent comment.
“At least you get summers off.”
I will explain to you why the next time you feel those words slipping out of your mouth, your reaction should be to shut it. For your own sake. Because you’re about to get an angry teacher rant & we are well practiced on how to lecture for hours!