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Tips from a preschool teacher!

Updated: May 4, 2023

Being a preschool teacher is about more than just teaching academics. It is also about helping children connect with others and develop their social and emotional skills. For example, preschool teachers help children learn to share, take turns, and express their emotions healthily. This involves creating a safe and supportive environment where children can learn to navigate their emotions, form positive relationships with peers and adults, and develop empathy and kindness. Do you have a passionate and enthusiastic mindset toward working with kids? Then this career path is for you.

Below you read the story of Sawsan foreign-born preschool teacher from Helsingborg. She will share her valuable tips with those interested in learning more about the career.

Who is Sawsan?

In 2005, Sawsan arrived in Sweden, having yet to complete her university studies in her home country. Upon arrival, she began learning Swedish and had to retake all her senior school subjects. Starting in 2006, she worked hard while balancing parental leave and completing her studies, finally finishing in 2014. Shortly, she began practicing as a substitute teacher at nurseries and schools.

Can you tell us how you began your journey as a preschool teacher?

I discovered my love for working with children and began gaining experience by working as a substitute teacher. To further my knowledge of children’s activities and cultures, I pursued full-time studies at Halmstad University. While challenging, the commitment and language skills required to write assignments and conduct research were worth it. My professors offered invaluable support and encouragement, helping me to gain confidence and stay on track throughout my academic journey.

Why Choose a Career in Early Childhood Education?

Working with children fills me with inspiration, joy, and purpose. As a preschool teacher, I understand my essential role in shaping children’s future success. By creating a nurturing and stimulating environment, I can encourage children to explore their world, develop new skills, and instill a love for learning. Through my work, I promote essential skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork, which will benefit these young students throughout their lives. Being part of their growth and development is a genuinely satisfying and rewarding experience.

What are the most important aspects to you in your day as a preschool teacher?

As a preschool teacher, our morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. We greet our students and families daily with warmth and positivity, creating a warm and welcoming environment that fosters learning and growth.

Working with children aged 3 to 6 means that our daily activities can vary depending on our goals and plans for the week or month. We believe in the value of spending time outdoors and engaging in physical play and activities, as well as encouraging our students to develop independence and organizational skills. For instance, each child is encouraged to help set their meal table.

When planning lessons, we consider the subject in focus and select appropriate materials, such as maths-themed stories or working with blocks, that meet the needs and interests of our diverse group of students. We also understand that some students require extra support due to medical conditions like diabetes. Therefore, we pay close attention to each child’s unique needs and provide personalized assistance and care as required.

What are the most essential tips that should be a foreign-born preschool teacher consider?

1. Cultural sensitivity and understanding: A foreign-born preschool teacher should understand and appreciate the cultural backgrounds of all their students and their families while also being sensitive to possible cultural differences.

2. Language proficiency: A foreign-born preschool teacher should be proficient in the language(s) spoken by the students in their class to communicate with them and provide the best learning experience effectively.

3. Patience and adaptability: kids come from diverse backgrounds and may need extra patience and understanding. Teachers should be able to adapt to different situations and learning styles.

4. Creativity: students learn through play and exploration, so creativity is an invaluable asset for teachers in designing engaging student activities.

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