Friday, July 15, 2011

Stage Fright

I am 100% comfortable in a room full of kids.  It doesn't matter what age or how many-that's when I'm at my best.  I can be a complete goofball and sing and dance, and I don't bat an eye.  However, when I have to get up in front of a room full of adults, my hands start sweating and my knees start shaking.  You'd think I'd be used to it by now, but I'm not.  That's why things like open house are so difficult for me, because even when I do fun little activities like a scavenger hunt, I still feel like my parents are expecting some sort of presentation from me.  Over the past few years, I've been blessed with some wonderful students and parents, so my classroom is usually crammed packed during open house.  Last year, I got so nervous I completely forgot almost everything I had planned to say!  This year I'm going to be prepared.  I've made an open house PowerPoint that I will loop the entire time parents are in the room, and I'll use it as a guide when I'm talking.  I really do think this will be a huge help for me.  I've uploaded it to TpT if you're interested.  The one I uploaded is just a template that has everything but your information, but I'm willing to send any buyer the one with all of my info if they want it.
Open House PowerPoint

I also thought I'd give away an activity that I'm going to use for one of my math work stations.  I know this idea has been around a while, so I tried to jazz it up a little. I Spy A Number.


Tara said...

Hey're not alone! I'm a nut in front of my kids but if an adult walks in or worse yet, I have to speak in front of others...I'm a mess!! Shake, sweat, hives....and I've been singing on our worship team at church for years (in front of hundreds and thousands at Christmas) and it's still not better!! Oh well, we push through:) Love the powerpoint! I did one last year and loved it, it answered questions for some parents while I chatted with others:)

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Teacher Mum said...

I am the same...give me a class of kids and I am fine. The only thing worse than speaking to a group of adultsis when you have an adult in your room observing your teaching - I know essential in our profession, but my nightmare. I am so good at becoming a blithering mess.

Kim said...

That is an absolutely fabulous idea! I also get so nervous when talking to parents or giving any kind of presentation. Thanks for sharing!

Sapphire Dawn said...

Ashleigh, Your powerpoint looks awesome. I am always nervous when the parents outnumber me as well. I guess that is why I love to work with kids. Your I Spy game is so cute. Thank you so much for all the wonderful things you do.

Christa said...

I flunked a college class because I refused to present a project. I am sure that professor would be shocked that I now stand if front of people all day long. Our school has a required number of volunteer hours, so I have an adult audience most mornings. Not my favorite audience but I love the help. Thanks for the powerpoint and the game...super cute stuff!


The Messy Gal said...

WOW! What a great powerpoint. Thanks for sharing!

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