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How do you take that first step?

Jan 30, 2016 9:04pm

Hi all!
So lets be honest, after graduating from college the idea of trying to pass information that I learned on to a group of young minds in a way that is interesting and they can understand is SCARY! How did many of you take that first day on?What about the interview process? What do you say? Hi my name is Sarah and I am hoping you trust me with students so I can prove myself? YIKES! Any advice for a new teacher would be wonderfully accepted!

  • Science
  • 7-12
  • Assessment / Behavior / Celebrating Teachers / Class Culture / Coaching


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    • Feb 8, 2016 9:36am

      Just like Michael said- Jump right in! Volunteer at a local school. Maybe your home school district? Get in there and interact with the students. Watch experienced teachers and ask questions. These experiences as well as the network that you will start to develop will be HUGE when it comes to your first interview. Good Luck!

      • Feb 16, 2016 9:07am

        Didn't you have any student teaching? No time spent shadowing a certified teacher?
        Try substitute teaching. It is the hardest , lowest paying job there is but you will learn very quickly if you can stand in front of a class and survive. If you stay in teaching, find a training in the Pax Game. google Pax GBG or Dr. Dennis Embry. The greatest teaching tool ever invented.

        • Feb 16, 2016 9:57am

          Thank you! I've been shadowing a teacher at a school close to me and it has helped calm those nerves tremendously!

          • Feb 17, 2016 10:21am

            Thank you Leona! It's nice to hear some encouraging words and not criticism. Being nervous is a big part of any new job, I am passionate about my career and am very excited!