Archive for March, 2016

During her time as a teacher, Debra Purcell-Regis found that working with children was both challenging and extremely rewarding. Children present their own challenges that you must be able to overcome in order to help them to fulfill their potential, so consider the following pointers if you are going to head into the teaching profession, or any other career that puts you in close contact with children.

Form Bonds

You should aim to treat each child that you work with as an individual, which means taking a little bit of time to understand them on a personal level. This works to engender respect in the child and helps them to realize that you are genuinely trying to help them. It will also help you to understand a little bit more about their personal motivations and how best to work with them.

Be Clear When Communicating

It is often easy to confuse children, particularly those at a younger age, if you try to make your instructions too complex. Instead, make an effort to keep things as easy to understand as possible, meaning that there is no way the student could misinterpret your instructions.

Have Fun

While you should make an effort to establish yourself as an authoritative presence whenever you work with children, if you make your interactions too strict you may find it difficult to engage with them. Debra Purcell-Regis recommends having fun with your work, encouraging the children to interact with you and each other, while also ensuring that they focus on important work when needed.


During the course of her career as a teacher, Debra Purcell-Regis worked in a number of different schools in upstate New York, which meant that she had to adapt to new environments at various points in her career. This can often be difficult for teachers who are used to the way things are done in their previous school, so she has the following advice for people who are struggling.

Introduce Yourself

One of the first things that you should do when you start working at a new school is introduce yourself to everybody that you are going to be working with. This allows you to form personal connections and potential friendships that will make your working life a lot easier.

Ask Questions

Each school will have slightly different ways of doing things, so it is crucial that you take a little bit of time to ask questions of the staff members you meet to make sure there is nothing that you need to know that may prove important during the course of the average day.

Understand The Lay Of The Land

You do not want to end up in a position where you have to ask a student where your own class is, but that may well happen if you don’t take a little bit of time to explore the new school so that you know where everything is. Debra Purcell-Regis recommends arriving a little earlier on your first day so that you can map the route to your classroom in your head. You can then stay after school to explore a little more and get a feeling for the building.