Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teacher Talk Tuesday- Advice to New Teachers

Tonight, I am giving advice. The funny thing is that I am having some of those new teacher feelings! I taught first grade for 11 years and am now teaching second grade (which I am LOVING!!). The last few days have been a whirlwind and I am definitely on a learning curve!

 My advice to new teachers would be:

Study your lessons and know what you are teaching BEFORE you teach the lesson. There is a lot of studying that needs to happen so that you feel prepared.

Ask questions....lots and lots of questions.

Find a friend on campus that will make you laugh, wants to hear about your day and can give sound advice.

Beg, borrow and steal (fabulous ideas)!

Be willing to learn from the wonderful and experienced teachers around you. The best teachers always learn something new everyday.

Breathe.

To all the new teachers, welcome to one of the most amazing professions that exists. Teaching is a calling. Listen to your heart and remember that everyday is an opportunity to touch the life of a child. You DO make a difference.

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3 comments:

Ginger Snaps said...

Amen to knowing your lessons! I learned that really quick my first year when someone came in to observe me! haha

Theresa said...

Lynda
I just read your advice. I put Breathe too! I can't believe that we have to remind ourselves to to that!lol

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First Grade said...

Good advice. I am in the same boat as you after teaching 1st grade for 11 years I looped to 2nd grade with last years's class. I am too will be learning a lot this school year.

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