First Year Teacher,
I know you’re excited and scared. That’s okay. Many people have made it through this first year, and you will too! Here are a few tips I have learned over this last year, I hope it helps.
- Don’t let anyone quench that hunger to make a difference.
- Keep the enthusiasm. You’ll need it to push through the hard days.
- Never forget that the children know a great deal more than the world gives them credit for. Learn from them each and every day.
- Take the time to know them. They can turn your world upside down.
- On the days they say they hate you, or their actions tell you so, it’s going to be okay. I promise you that. Your mistake today will NOT make them failures. It does not make you a failure either.
- You have wonderful ideas. Yes, some of them will fail miserably; others will blossom into something you’ve never dreamed.
- Listen to the wisdom of others; the veteran teachers have some wonderful stories to tell.
- There are some things you will have to learn on your own and that’s okay.
- It’s just your first year honey, breathe.
- Take a day for yourself when you need it. Your mental, physical, and emotional health are all more important than turning in grades, or having perfect lesson plans. No, this doesn’t mean to call in sick all of the time, but it does mean that sometimes you miss a deadline, or the lesson is the bare minimum. You CANNOT give those kiddos what they need when you starve yourself all of the time.
- With that said… give those kids all of the love you have. I promise you they will give it back one-hundred times over.
- Be silly with your class. If you teach younger grades, take a recess time and play with them, or walk with them. Let them see you as a person (within the professional boundaries needed).
- If you don’t already have a de-stressing hobby, get one. You need something you can do that will distract your mind from teaching and help your body relax. Some great ideas are as follows: exercising, painting, blogging, writing, reading, coloring, or sewing. There are lots of great ideas out there, just find something. Finding something that you can throw yourself into, other than teaching, will help keep you from burning out.
- For goodness’ sake, shut your door and teach!
A Second Year Teacher that is still learning too!