First of all, congrats on your new job. You are probably feeling overwhelmed, excited, nervous, and giddy all at the same time. I'm sure your head is spinning with questions and ideas. It's going to be an exhausting year, but you'll love it!
Here are my tips for new (or newish) teachers:
Get Organized-Come on, you saw that coming didn't you? Seriously though, I really feel that taking the time to get organized is the best thing you can do as a teacher. It makes all of the other pieces fall into place.
Get Control-Classroom management should be a priority. Establish consistent routines and procedures to make the classroom run smoothly. Think about all of the aspects of the school day and write down exactly what you expect from the children. Taking the time to do so will be so beneficial to you. Refer back to your list and tweak it as you see necessary.
Ask Questions-Nobody expects you to know everything. In fact, I don't recommend pretending that you do. Find a mentor your trust. Be open to constructive criticism. Learn from those around you.
Create a Personal Teacher Organizer: Having all of your important information in one place will save you time and help you work efficiently.
Set Up Amazing Sub Plans-You're going to get sick. It takes awhile to build some school-worthy immunity and until then the cooties are going to seek you out as a newbie. Being prepared for the unexpected will give you peace of mind.
Avoid Gossip-Do not fall into negative conversations about staff, students or parents.
Be Positive-Put on a smile and focus on the positives.
Make Friends with Everyone-Go out of your way to build relationships with the entire faculty and staff including other grade levels, custodians, the nurse. It'll make going to work enjoyable and you will feel supported.
Pick One Thing to Focus On - Select one area to focus on for the year and work to grow in that area. I would really suggest classroom management for the first year. Pick something new each year.
Most importantly...HAVE FUN & ENJOY!!
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