be kind to yourself this year- we all look back on our 1st year and cringe; that being said-
* have a good understanding of the procedures you expect your students to adhere to, teach them well in the 1st 2 weeks and review them throughout the year; reward those who adhere rather than blast those who do not, but do be aware some of your students will want private not public affirmations- KNOW YOUR STUDENTS!
* be well aware of the standards or in your case goals/objectives for each student- that will be the center of your teaching, make sure all lessons further your students towards mastery ie in reading, you aren't teaching a story for the context of the story but to develop the targeted reading skill
* do not be afraid to ask advice from veteran teachers and admin- you know we all are in this because we like helping ppl
* make positive contact with your parents, helps bridge the path when you need their help re: a concern
* did I say be kind to yourself? at the end of the day don't dog yourself on what went wrong but identify something that went right
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Learn from your mistakes - don't dwell on things that didn't go well, just use them as learning experiences, adjust and try again! Remember no teacher is perfect and every year gets a little easier. Use your resources - other teachers, administration, websites like this. And definitely find time for yourself, and try not to get bogged down with work every weekend and evening.
I would agree that knowing the standards is the best place to start. Once you know what you teach, then you can begin to create amazing lessons for students, which will help you to build a reputation as a rock star teacher. Also, collaborate, collaborate! Veteran teachers can be an amazing resource, so don't be afraid to ask for help. We've all been there, and so experienced teachers are always ready to help!
Congratulations, Rosa. Find something outside school that you love -- running, cooking, tennis -- something that has NOTHING to do with education. Make firm plans to do that activity regularly. It will help keep you sane (which will keep your students sane) and will give you perspective on what is happening in school.
Tara Lemes-Jones & Lauren Collins, Thank You!!!!! I appreciate your helpful advice.
Kathie Novak, Thank You!!! I will review the standards. While student teaching, I worked with K-2 students in a resource classroom. When I applied for a resource teaching position, I got hired to teach grades 9-12. I started to feel nervous about being a first year teacher at a high school level. I have so many questions!!!!!
David Downing, Thank You! I will take your advice into consideration.
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