Today was Children’s Day. When I was a kid, Children’s Day was one of my favorites. Now that I’m a teacher, Children’s Day becomes a nightmare. I was the caterer, the waitress, the maid, the janitor, the host, the game master and the cheerleader. On top of that, my biggest challenge was to ensure that every kid in my classroom was happy. By the end of the day, foods were a little too much and drinks were not enough, two kids cried during the game I hosted, one got his shoes wet after school, and some were constantly nagging about how I didn’t spend time playing cards with them. My goal of keeping everybody happy on this day was obviously not achieved. The mistakes I’ve made are as follows:
- No proper delegation – I should’ve prepared a job list for the kids to share some responsibilities. My mistake of thinking that cleaning means no fun for the kids. I could have made the process of cleaning up enjoyable with Barney the Dinosaur’s clean-up song.
- Food overload – I should’ve served the fruits first, let them chit chat for a bit. Then, I will serve them with the main course followed by deserts and then only then, junk food is allowed.
- Not enough of drinks – I should’ve let everyone have their cup filled first, then serve those who need refills.
- Crying students – Game rules should be instructed clearly so that everybody is satisfied with the punishment.
- Divided attention – There shouldn’t be overlapping sessions going on. Some kids were still eating, others had already started their board games while I was busy doing the cleaning. I should’ve insisted on having the kids to follow the program flow by being a better Master of Ceremonies.