My first year, just like mostly every new teacher, was sooooooo hard. Mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. These are tips that would have helped me when I was beginning my first year of school.
- Expect to be overwhelmed. Teaching is such a big job. You only find out how big those shoes are once you step into them.
- Expect to feel out of sorts. Even if you have experience student teaching, being in charge is a horse of a different color. This is a new experience. Any new experience can make you feel this way.
- Expect to feel overwhelmed. Teaching is such a big responsibility. Until you assume control over a class, you never know just how overwhelming it is. You never know just how many lesson plans there are to make, change, and implement; how to decorate the classroom; how to take advantage of a teachable moment @ any point and time. It’s so much I can’t list them all.
- Try to stay on top of the lesson plans. Be very diligent with keeping up with the lesson plans. Your day becomes a lot longer when there’s nothing to do. Hopefully, you’re not in school. If so, good luck with that.
- Don’t expect a lot of support. If you have it fine, if not fine. Fellow teachers will be your biggest supporters. Find out who the biggest, baddest teacher is and arrange to have your students spend their time-out there.
- Don’t expect everything to be easy. If they are, super-dee-duper-fantastic. If not, welcome to the real world.
- Expect the students to challenge you. Believe me when I say they will. They have to.
- Do not expect to leave @ 2:40. Are you kidding? Expect to have to put in overtime copying, cleaning the classroom, getting ready for the next day, etc…
- Expect to want to quit at least once a week, maybe more.
- Finally, expect a steep learning curve. Being the teacher of record is totally different from student teaching. It is so much more to it. I don’t care how prepared you think you are, there’s always more to learn.