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As I am about to enter the field of education, what tips would you give a first time teacher?

Mar 9, 2014 12:47pm

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  • Pre K-12
  • Collaboration / Differentiation / Engagement / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Mar 9, 2014 12:56pm

      There is a great thread on this same topic here:

      Good luck! There are so many great video resources on this site - browse by grade level or subjects that you are interested in.

      • Mar 10, 2014 5:26pm

        Start with developing your own classroom management techniques. Once you're assigned a grade level think about your students' abilities and their needs. Look for ways you can earn their interest and trust through activities that help you implement good daily routines along with positive reinforcement. Browse through this site for information, tips, and very helpful videos. Wish you the best for years to come and always be Alive!, Alert!, and Enthusiastic!

        • Mar 11, 2014 11:35am

          BREATHE. It is very easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of school, its demands, and the needs of your students. To be at your best, you must take care of yourself and remember you are not alone.

          WORK HARD, BUT ALSO SMART. Lean on and question the veterans and administrators around you. Adapt their advice and suggestions to match your teaching styles and classroom community.

          TRY, TRY AGAIN. Not every lesson is a gem nor will every lesson succeed. Don't be discouraged, just learn what you can from it and move forward to your next effort.

          CONSISTENCY IS KEY. Establish your environment, protocols, and rules...then stick to your guns. This will make life much easier for your students, their parents, and you. If you are wishy-washy in your classroom management, it's hard on everyone.

          GOOD LUCK!!!

          • Mar 11, 2014 10:41pm

            Full-time? Part-time? What are your goals and objectives? Academic Leadership roles?

            • Mar 15, 2014 10:09pm

              You don't have to be perfect and you will make mistakes and it okay. Build relationships with your students strong relationships with your students help you appreciate the career. Finally always take time for yourself teaching can be an all encompassing career, take the time for your own interests outside of teaching. Enjoy, it's a wonderful!

              • Mar 17, 2014 2:52pm


                Definitely observe star teachers. You can view many on this site but also observe the teachers in your building. You can learn so much from teachers who are already in the field. Find aspects of their practice you can implement in your own, ask questions, and lean on them for support. Remember, it takes a village. (:


                • Jun 2, 2014 12:40am

                  Hunt out the very best teachers in your building and become best friends with them. Watch how they interact with other staff members, administration and students. Ask them questions about what they do, how they do it and why they do things. Watch the data: I always talk to the teachers with the highest data and ask them what they are doing in their classrooms to get the best results.

                  I would highly suggest you stay away from the teacher's lounge....I think in most schools this can be a dangerous trap of gossip and negativity. When I started teaching I felt like I had to eat lunch with the other teachers...13 years later I believe I am better off eating lunch in my classroom away from the gossip.

                  I also leave you with a teacher with an 'open door and mind'. Too often as teachers we believe we are always right and we don't look at what others are doing around us. Always watch others and listen to what they are doing....ASK QUESTIONS!! Ask for feedback and accept the help because critiques are only there to help use become better at what we do.

                  • Oct 8, 2014 12:04am

                    Classroom teaching is only effective if a student wants to take advantage of it. Unmotivated students are unlikely to embrace the learning process or participate in tutoring, homework help or other types of traditional mentoring programs.

                    Here is a simple and fun 15 minute, once per week strategy, to repetitively motivate and inspire elementary and middle school students to excel academically and socially and to respect their teachers, schools, peers and the learning process. Although originally geared towards significantly underperfoming children, this program will benefit any student type. Of particular relevance would be the home page, benefits page and FAQs at: www.OnGiantsShoulders.ORG