Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rock Your First Year Teaching-link up

I am super excited to be linking up with Teaching with Crayons and Curls and My Mommy Rocks for this linky! I would have LOVED to have something like this when I first started teaching! I can't wait to read about other teachers' advice. It is always good to hear from other teachers and learn something new:)

1. Find a mentor teacher-if you are not given one to start the year. Having a mentor teacher in your grade level would be ideal! Don't be afraid to ask for help that's what they are there for. Surround yourself with teachers who are positive and helpful...most teachers are so you shouldn't have any trouble here!!

2. Enjoy your students. Take time to get to know them. What do they like, what makes them happy, what are their strengths and weaknesses. Be a kid watcher. You learn so much about them by their interactions with each other. Swing with them, slide down the slide and hula hoop if they ask you too. Children are the reason we do this job and make it worth so much more than the paycheck!

3. Be consistent!!! As a new teacher this was hard for me:) I wanted my kiddos to like me and I wanted them to love school. I struggled with classroom management because I wasn't consistent and they picked up on it. I promise your students will love and respect you for providing a safe environment that gives them structure and expectations!
1. Get overwhelmed! It is easy to do and very hard advice for me to follow myself! Just take a step back breathe and know it will all work out in the end.

2. Don't try to many new things at one time! This will lead to being overwhelmed ha! Pick one or two things to implement at a time and give them time to run smoothly before trying something new. You don't have to keep up with your teaching neighbor you do what works for you:)
Always remember that tomorrow is another day. If a lesson didn't go right or the kids were out of control today then tomorrow will be better. Don't beat yourself up or doubt your ability to teach. 

Head over to Teaching Crayons and Curls to read other teachers advice to make your first year of teaching rock!!!

Thanks for stopping by to read this post! 

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  1. All great pieces of advice! Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love- "remember that tomorrow is another day". Many years in and I still have days where it seems like everything went wrong. Knowing I can start the next day all over makes it all worth while.

    Have a great day,

  3. Enjoy your students! I love that! That is great advice. If your kids know you care, they'll respond.

    Made with Love

  4. I love your advice that "tomorrow is another day," because that applies to us no matter how long we've been teaching! Sometimes we just have our off days. Thankfully even though we remember them, our students probably don't! I am new to blogging (about teaching), so I am having a lot of fun exploring everyone's pages and looking that their TpT stores! Makes me realize I have a lot of work to do, though!

  5. I love your advice! Such great tips for new teachers as well as the rest of us! It can be so easy to get in over your head your first year teaching. You don't want to tell anyone no and that can lead you to taking on more than you can handle! Great advice to remember that each day is a new day and to leave all the trials and tribulations of yesterday behind!
    Thank you so much for sharing such great advice! I loved reading your post, as usual!! :-)

    Warmest Wishes,
    Kindergarten Dragons

  6. Holla!! Your advice rocks!!! Finding a mentor was the best thing I did my first week of teaching. She literally has saved me from going crazy, well kind of ;) I think I need to put your piece of advice on my mirror to look at every night!

  7. Jill! LOVE your advice! I was lucky to have a great mentor teacher my first year, and it really helped! And, your advice still means a lot to me today- "Tomorrow is Another Day" is so important!!
    Thank you so much for linking up!
    Chandra @ Teaching with Crayons and Curls