Thursday, June 20, 2013

New Teacher Tips Linky!

I am linking up with Caitlin from Kindergarten Smiles and her 'New Teacher Tips' Linky.  I have experienced the "new teacher" feeling twice in my career.  My first teaching job was straight out of college.  I taught a combined 1st through 7th grade Self- Contained Learning Disabilities class.  That year I experienced my first migraines.  I was so stressed and overwhelmed.  After teaching a few years I took a break from the classroom and worked part-time as a Parent Educator in a program called Parents as Teachers.  That job turned full-time and I ended up staying several years.  I missed the classroom so I went back to teaching and began my current teaching assignment.  That is when I experienced my second "new teacher" year.  I can tell you it was stressful, but I knew it would get better so it was easier.  I guess that would be my first piece of advice.

  • HANG IN THERE!  IT WILL GET EASIER. :)
  • BE CONSISTENT!  Your year will go much smoother if you have your discipline plan in place.  I like Harry and Rosemary Wong's book 'How to Become an Effective Teacher: The First Days of School.  This book takes you step by step to help you set up your classroom management plan.

  • Don't feel like you have to do it all.  Take one day at a time.  Do what you can and remember that even the most experienced teachers feel overwhelmed from time to time.
  • Ask for help!  Teachers are amazing collaborators and most will be very happy to help you with discipline ideas, lesson plans, etc.

  • Make sure to save time to take care of yourself.  You have to have a life outside of teaching.

  • Parents can be your greatest asset. Take time to cultivate a good relationship with the parents of your students.  Good communication is the key.
Thanks for reading!  Have a great day.  :)



12 comments:

  1. I like all your funny pictures that go with your bullet points :) Especially the one about the 1st 5 days after the weekend!
    Lots of good ideas here, not just for new teachers.
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  2. Ha - your post made me laugh! Such good advice!

    Danielle
    Carolina Teacher

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  3. Love your tips and your pictures. Love The First Days of School! I'm also your newest follower.

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  5. I think these are great tips! My sister is a preschool teacher and she loves it, but she still doesn't have as much experience as she needs. This will definitely help her. Also, where can we find more advice?

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  7. My sister is starting her new class this next year as preschool teacher. She needs good ideas like these to make a fun environment for the kids in the private preschool. I think she's going to do great her first year despite the lack of experience. I'll let her know of these ideas to help her, thanks!
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