Any Advice For Working With Kids?

  1. I'm starting a new job working as a playground aide because I love the youths and want to make sure there's no bullying on the basketball court, SO
  2. Any advice for working with elementary kids? I've worked with the age group before a little, but I just want to make sure I get all the advice I get, and I know there's a lot of teachers, parents, etc. here on li.st that might be able to help.
    Thank you in advance!
  3. Just remember to listen
    It's such an important part of it
    Suggested by   @karlalucia
  4. Don't be afraid to let them know you are human and make mistakes too! It will help you build a rapport
    Suggested by   @kate81
  5. Like @bsizzle33 said, get in there! Interact with them! Wear tennis shoes!
    Suggested by   @kate81
  6. Be yourself and be honest. Kids can sense phoniness and lies just like adults. Treat them as individuals, but have group boundaries, rules, and standards everyone must follow, including you. Have fun! Kids love to play. Expect them to test you. Seek out the timid kids and the troublemakers. They often need you the most. Don't play favorites.
    On the practical side, have tissues and hand sanitizer in your pocket. They go through a lot of tissues and they are like little Petrie dishes full of germs. Know where the first aid kit is and defibrillator if they have one. Know which kids have health or mobility concerns. Be aware of safety - they are depending on you.
    Suggested by   @Heartsounds
  7. Don't just stand on the sides watching. Get in there and interact with the kiddos.
    Suggested by   @DavidT66
  8. I have a lot of advice but the most important thing a teacher told me was to fall in love with each student. Let them take over your heart! They're very careful with it.
    Also if they get too rowdy, just go five minutes of silence without any talking or noises and that usually resets the tone.
    Suggested by   @cinderstina