For me, the five hardest days in kindergarten are likely to be (in chronological order):
The first day of school
The day before winter holiday
The day before spring break
In any particular year, any of these days can be the hardest. It depends on the class. But all of these days involve classroom celebrations, a departure from the routines, and too much excitement.
Yesterday was a difficult day for me. I reached for patience all morning long. Seldom do I feel like my well of patience might run dry, but yesterday I could see the bottom of the well.
I had compassion for myself, saying, "This is a really tough job!!" I gave myself little minibreaks to breath deeply. Thank goodness both of my student teachers were there to make this possible. Breathing deeply allowed me to recover my compassion for my students and myself, and to find enough equanimity and guide the class through the excitement, exhilaration, and, dare I say agitation of Valentine's Day.
So, for the deliberate cultivation of patience I feel grateful. It saved me yesterday.