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I have been told that new teachers often feel as though they are "drowning" during the school year and there seems to be no way out because things are not going as planned or it just seems like nothing is working. Do you have any tips for new teachers to help this problem or maybe a way to try and stay ahead of it?

Apr 22, 2015 11:34am

  • Physical Education
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    • Apr 27, 2015 10:59am

      I agree with Lauren, and definitely check out those resources! I would also say to set reasonable limits for yourself. Stay late one day a week, but be sure to leave right at 3:30 a few days as well. Make sure you give yourself time off at home, don't always bring your planning/work home! Have a class or date or activity that you are committed to doing outside of school on a regular basis. At the end of the day, be kind to yourself!

      • Apr 22, 2015 11:23pm

        It can be really helpful to observe other teachers and classes. Reflection at the end of the day and adjusting as needed. Be flexible, patient and not too hard on yourself!

        I have a few links for you that might be helpful:
        1)https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2012/01/04/new-teacher/

        2) https://www.teachingchannel.org/questions/advice-for-new-teachers

        There is also a whole series of videos called The New Teacher Survival Guide and another one called When A Lesson Goes Wrong. You can search for these using the search tool above.

        • Mar 7, 2016 6:06am

          Sometimes new teachers are reluctant to ask for help, thinking they won't appear as capable. But there is always so much experience and knowledge right within your own school. Tap into those experiences and the knowledge of your coworkers. Teachers are usually willing and eager to help others. It also creates positive work relationships. I sometimes hear teachers say they offer resources or advice to new teachers who don't accept it, so they back off. Then those teachers are left on their own because they are viewed as "not wanting" help. So I always accepted things peers offered, even if I didn't see an immediate use for it. Accepting is the important part, because it shows an openness to work with your coworkers and accept help or advice.

          • Nov 11, 2016 3:11pm

            One thing that really helped me survive my first year is finding a mentor teacher! It's nice to have someone around that has been through it all. My mentor even gave me some tips in how to connect and create deep relationships with students. Having past students stop by your room is refreshing and keeps you moving on!

            • Nov 11, 2016 3:12pm

              One thing that really helped me survive my first year is finding a mentor teacher! It's nice to have someone around that has been through it all. My mentor even gave me some tips in how to connect and create deep relationships with students. Having past students stop by your room is refreshing and keeps you moving forward!