Education World asked the “sophomores” who faced — and the abcs of success pdf — that dreaded first year to reflect on their successes and failures. First-year teachers, here is their best advice for getting through it.
Beginning the school year in a strange environment filled with new faces, unfamiliar procedures, and unknown pitfalls can be a scary prospect. You’re the teacher, however, and you can “never let ’em see you sweat. To help you stay cool and dry in the coming year, Education World asked the “sophomores” who faced — and survived — that dreaded first year last year to reflect on their successes and failures. They offered their best advice for getting through it. What advice did those teachers offer? Wisconsin teacher Dawn Schurman recommended “having a clear discipline plan set up, with both rewards and consequences.
Explain it to the kids on day 1 and review throughout the first week. In addition, I’m very glad that I sent home a copy of the discipline plan. I asked parents to read it with their child and for parents and children to sign and return a contract stating that they agreed to the rules. This has come in handy a few times. First-year teacher Jean Federico said “I have one big piece of advice for first-year teachers: Before the first day of school, have plenty of activities prepared for emergency use. I learned the hard way that kids will misbehave if they have nothing to do. A class full of bored kids won’t all sit quietly for ten minutes waiting for you to figure out what is next.
Retta Threet, a teacher in Sumter, South Carolina, admitted “My biggest mistake was not insisting on a mentor, or at least a peer teacher. If I had it to do again, I would make a good friend whom I could go to for advice. North Carolina teacher Jana Lippe suggested “Use your parents as much as you can. Every time I needed supplies for a celebration, I just sent a note home asking for donations. Every time, the parents came through. Arizona English teacher Alana Morales advised “Find an organization system that you can live and work with and stick with it. With 120-plus students, it’s crucial that you stay organized!
Said Mississippi teacher Lisa Packard “Don’t assume they know how to organize themselves, because they don’t. Show them how to organize their notebooks and folders. Show them exactly what you want on their papers and homework. Teacher Mike Powell advised “Start keeping a professional journal. After the course of the year, this journal will allow you to reflect on your professional practices and to witness what is probably going to be enormous personal growth.
Do your best and have fun doing it. Once I finally relaxed, I had a great time,” said teacher Tracy Keirns. So, with thanks to Dawn, Jean, Retta, Jana, Alana, Lisa, Tracy, Lew, Mike, and all the other teachers who responded to our request, Education World compiled a list of the 26 top tips for surviving the first year. Don’t let the imbeciles wear you down. Finally, keep in mind the words of Philadelphia teacher Lew Clark: “Have a blast!
You are about to begin a remarkable adventure. Check out some of the sites below for more advice and activities for beginning teachers. Developed for new middle school teachers, this resource is packed full of advice and tips for any teacher, new or experienced! A new resource, bulging with practical ideas for classroom use, makes a great welcome gift for your school’s new teachers! Included: Ideas for building “teamwork” skills, motivating students, and creating reading-response journals! Department of Education on-line book is “based largely on a series of discussions held among winners of the First Class Teacher Award sponsored every year by Sallie Mae. It’s a great resource for beginning teachers!
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