By, Mariela Martin, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern 

Supporting Teachers! 

Welcome to the first of many monthly editions of this newsletter which is created to inspire and motivate teachers to do what they love best: Make a Difference! 

Classroom Management 

One of the main challenges for most new teacher is classroom management…..With every new set of students comes a new set of challenges. The key is to find balance and to understand that children are individuals with individual needs. As teachers, we only get  to see is the tip of the iceberg! Under the rest of the iceberg is often anxiety, trauma, depression or fear. Rest assured that no kid is out to get you! Although, it might feel that way! Most of the time their intent is not to make your life difficult or stressful (even though it may seem that way at times); they’re only doing the best they can with what they have. Try to get to know those students who seem to struggle with self control and who are seeking attention in negative ways. If you take 10 minutes every day to make a deep connection with them you will cut your job in half. Children just want to be loved and appreciated, but with the high demands of teaching and all that comes with it, we tend to forget this key detail! My best advice: Don’t take it personal. You have been given the opportunity to make a difference in this child’s life, what imprint do you want to leave him with? 

About the author: 

Let me start by introducing myself; my name is Mariela Martin and I’ve been a teacher for 18 years. My teacher experience includes teaching grades from K-8th, Bilingual Education, Dual Language Immersion (4th, 7th and 8th grades), and a couple of 5/6 combo classes. I graduated with a Multiple Subject Credential from CSU Monterey Bay in 1999, and in 2013 I received a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

A few months ago I had the opportunity to join Onyx Counseling and Wellness Services, and in addition to practicing as an Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, I decided to join my two passions, teaching and psychotherapy by coaching teachers who struggle in different areas of teaching. I work with new and seasoned teachers who feel stressed, overwhelmed with classroom management.  The demands of a teacher are ever growing and changing, and I have the experience and tools to help many of you who are in need of help and support! Interested in learning more about my coaching services? 

Don’t hesitate to reach out. Help is only a call away. 559.772.4677. Onyx Counseling and Wellness Services has locations in Hanford and Visalia.