Stay calm, always over plan; have extra things ready to do for fast finishers. If you are teaching Kindergarten, then have centers ready to go; if older students, have word searches with pertinent vocabulary. Better still, have them create a word search from the vocabulary on a word wall, copy it, create a key and share it with another class member to solve.
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The best advice I was given while training, and that I still adhere to . . . be yourself. Be true to yourself. If, like we train in New Zealand, you were part of lots of different classes and age groups while training then you would have observed many different teachers. One in particular may have stood out, and perhaps you walked away saying "I want to be just like them...' Well, you're not, you are you. If you try to be something you aren't then you will burn out pretending to be someone else. So, my best advice to new teachers is quite simple, be yourself. If you're a little zany, be zany. You'll enjoy it more, trust me. And, best of luck. Enjoy.
The first year will burn you out. It will make you question what you're doing, how you're doing it, and whether or not you still can. Do not let this emotion and self-doubt win every time you feel like you've lost. Each loss is actually a win at the end of the day. It is a win because failure is an important learning point in your career. Reflect every day on how you can be and do better as a teacher for your students.
If being better means coming in earlier than everyone else, then do it. If being better means staying later than everyone else, then do it. Do whatever you can that is different and more impactful than you've ever seen or done. The first year of teaching is brutal and sometimes I am not sure how I survived it, but I am here because I did survive, and so will you. Good luck.
Don't try to be there friend. Have strong, consistent and fair discipline. Never yell scream or bellow-you are their mentor, coach and example on how to behave. Stay calm, talk to them gently. Never allow bullying, sarcasm etc in your room. Be extremely tough on those issues as nothing destroys a person more.
Remember your naughty students are testing you out and trying to get attention, so don't let them get to you.
Get to know your students, where they live, their hobbies, their parents etc.
You show an interest in them and they will respect you.
Demand respect - from them to you, from them to each other and say I won't yell at you, don't yell at me or others, I wont touch you things, don't touch my gear or others without asking.
Don't say please to students, that's pleading, say thanks and or thankyou. Thankyou John, that was such a good job. Pencil thanks.
I have a 4 page doco I use for 1st yr Teachers but no room here.
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