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Advice for New Teachers?

Apr 6, 2013 4:23pm

I've been coaching/supervising several pre-service teachers this year. When they graduate next month, I'd like to make them a book of advice for their first year of teaching. What's your best advice for first year teachers? Thanks for sharing!

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • Pre K-12
  • New Teachers


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    • Apr 9, 2013 2:34pm

      Have a weekly routine. Vocabulary notes on Mondays, Reading Workshop on Tuesdays, etc. This is especially helpful for struggling students. If students know what's coming, they are more likely to be prepared.

      • Apr 7, 2013 9:23am

        Don't be afraid to be the authority figure for students, especially when they find many different reasons for you to not hold them completely accountable (academically or behaviorally).

        It's OK for you to stick to your guns, as long as you do so in a calm and professional manner (especially when they are upset or acting inappropriately), you treat students as consistently as possible, and they know that you want the best for them.

        Trust me, they may not tell you this but kids crave good role models who hold them to high standards. Deep down, they will both like you and respect you for it.

        • Apr 8, 2013 8:29pm

          Never, ever set out for students to like you. If you create a safe, rigorous classroom environment where mutual respect is present, they will appreciate you and learn from you. If you're worried about them liking you, it's easy to lose sight of the reason why you're in front of the classroom. So many new teachers make them mistake. Embrace your curriculum, work hard, and respect kids for who they are. This will build your reputation, but remember - teaching is not a popularity contest. (:

          • Apr 8, 2013 1:08pm

            I struggled the most with organization and keeping up with all of the information I learned in my first year of teaching. You can be the most amazing teacher in the world but if you cannot manage the paperwork and materials side of the job, your instruction will not matter much. Start out with an organization system that works for you from the beginning and keep up with it. Observe other teachers and "borrow" their ideas for staying organized.

            • Apr 6, 2013 4:50pm

              Never be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help or advice from your experienced colleagues. Mine were life savers my first year of teaching!

              • Apr 7, 2013 9:49pm

                Use "Agent #s" for everything that belongs to students...mark the student's agent # on pencils, folders, glue sticks & caps, mailbox slots, lockers, etc.

                • Apr 21, 2013 6:42am

                  The best book of advice that you can make for them is to give them your own advice that you gave them to help them with their own problems throughout the term. That would be an incredible tool for reinforcement, and if the book contains all of the advice you gave them, and advice from them, it will be more personal and touching.

                  I am not sure I would want a book from my teaching mentor that got it from the Internet.

                  • Mar 21, 2014 1:56am

                    Kids are a blank hard-disk or a blank DVD disc or blank pen-drive.

                    You can write anything you want to to write in that

                    each kid have ability to do things by own self.
                    they have more solution for current problems

                    let them give direction
                    give them scope to think

                    once they find the way
                    they start reading
                    they start finding solutions

                    Be a consultant rather then dictator

                    Make a list of social problems facing by your country and society.
                    find out NGOs working on that

                    Let them explain meaning of opportunity.

                    so many developing country facing learning English
                    let them know that their native language is English
                    In that way they may realize the value of a language.

                    Use this kind of examples and finding reason to why do they have to learn what they learn.