I have been at my new job for a little over a month now. It has been a bit of an adjustment because I am trying to find my place. Plus I am still in the awkward new kid stage. You know the stage where you are trying to get comfortable enough to be yourself. Yeah that’s where I am. I am really excited to learn all I can. It is totally different from my old job. I am not dealing with school age children anymore. Plus they do things differently. So I am trying to watch and learn while at the same time I want to be useful. I am trying not to overwhelm my coworkers with a bunch of questions. Trust me I have a ton. I am connecting with the kids though and with my new coworkers.
In order to answer some of my own questions I have been doing research on the Montessori method on my own. I have to say that it is a really interesting method that I am just now beginning to understand. As I learn I might start to share here on the blog. I can say if I could go back in time I do think I would try some of these methods with my kids. I can see how this method helps children. From what I understand the method is to teach children independence. I followed some TikTok accounts where parents use the Montessori method and followed some Montessori teachers. I am hoping to learn all I can so that I am able to help the children I work with.
I am also learning to press pause. Sometimes I don’t think I need to be told how to do something because I have been in childcare a long time. I can have a “I know everything” attitude and it doesn’t work well for me. But again things are different so I have to set my ego to the side and learn their way of doing things. I can also be so desperate to show that I know what I am doing that I ignore everything else. I sometimes just go overboard trying to prove myself and show why I deserve to be a part of the team. Luckily I’m working with great people who are willing to work with me. I am slowly integrating into the classroom. They are seeing my worth.
I am learning a great deal about myself as well. Although my kids are adults there are some Montessori ways I can apply to them as well. Cause sometimes I react and say exactly what is n my mind before I consider their feelings because I’m upset over them not doing something that I told them to do. But I am really enjoying my job.