Are you ready to start your teaching journey?! This is an exciting time, but it can also be a little stressful and nervewrecking, just like starting out with anything new. We rounded up some “Tips for the First Year Teacher” from around web for all you newbies out there. We hope you find them helpful!
1. Too much structure [in a lesson plan] can make you too stressed to be creative.
2. Set expectations and standards in clear language. Establish a vision and stick to it.
3. Reach out to the parents. Let them know from the start that you know they are important to their child’s education and that you want to work with them.
4. A sense of humor is critical.
5. First year teachers have to remember that “we can’t save everyone” and not take it personally.
6. It’s ok if kids dont like you. They need to respect you.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from other teachers – most are very willing to share.
8. Be unique. Do what works for you, what comes natural to you.
9. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in front of the students. Be patient with yourself.
10. Use both negative and positive reinforcements. Establish boundaries and then stick with them.
11. Do something that stands out as a teacher.
12. Set high expectations for your students. You’ll be amazed at what they can do.
13. Build a support system for yourself both in and out of school.
14. Set a cut-off time for yourself to leave school each night and stick to it.
15. Celebrate small achievements.
16. Vent. But also understand and respect the line between venting and complaining.
17. Approach every day with a fresh start, both for yourself and for the kids.
18. Think of something you loved about the day before leaving school, no matter how small it is.
19. Ask for help.
20. Have an outlet to relieve stress that is completely unrelated to teaching.