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How to adjust being a first year teacher?

Jul 27, 2013 9:34pm

  • 9-12
  • Special Education


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    • Jul 28, 2013 8:28am

      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.

      • Jul 28, 2013 7:07pm

        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!


        • Jul 31, 2013 11:30am

          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.

          • Jul 28, 2013 9:57am

            Tara Lemes-Jones & Lauren Collins, Thank You!!!!! I appreciate your helpful advice.

            • Jul 29, 2013 5:30am

              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!!!!!

              • Jul 31, 2013 6:44pm

                David Downing, Thank You! I will take your advice into consideration.