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Any advice for a first year Language Arts teacher?

Aug 9, 2013 5:07pm

This is my first year as a teacher as well as being a teacher in a small town. I am responsible for teaching Language Arts for 7-12th grade students. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • English Language Arts
  • 6-12
  • New Teachers


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    • Aug 14, 2013 6:22am

      Hello Matthew,

      I teach 7th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. My advice is to be creative with your resources and always make whatever you do relatable to show context of the information relevant. You are responsible for teaching a lot of students, so planning ahead will be your best friend. Good luck!

      • Aug 15, 2013 5:44am

        7 - 12... how daunting. My biggest piece of advice as an English teacher, is to not try to do everything every year. Unlike math or science or history, English primarily deals with the same skills each year and the content is open to whatever you'd like to use. Writing is writing. So, don't try to do everything with everyone every year. Have a clear plan for what stories/novels/texts you'd like to use with each grade level. Have a clear scope and sequence for how far to take each skill each year. Develop a few key projects specifically designed for each year. Perhaps draw on what they are doing in their history class to help you select topics to read/write about. Cooperation with other teachers is so important, along with the other good advice you've received.

        • Aug 15, 2013 6:32am

          I appreciate the advice everyone! These are great comments and I will check back in occasionally to let everyone know how it's going.

          • Aug 24, 2013 5:15pm

            Pick engaging short stories and use things like Ted talks or inspiring videos for response journals. The Outsiders is a great novel to do with the class-I've never had a grade 8 class that didn't like it :). Incorporate drama when you can.

            PS: I have some tried and true short stories....let me know if you're interested.


            • Aug 31, 2013 9:47am

              As promised I am writing back to talk about my experiences thus far. I have felt both successful and unsuccessful at times. Some things have worked with certain classes while others have not. I realize this is a part of the teaching process and am taking it all in stride.