Earning Your Stripes – Tips For First Time Teachers
In your first year of teaching you may be excited and have a lot of expectations for how things are going to go. You may be thinking that you’ll become fast friends with other teachers there because you all proportion a shared bond. Most likely you will find that this isn’t the case. The other teachers at the school will expect that you pay your dues to officially get into the club. While of course there will be kind teachers that will give you substantial advice and tips and already listen to your stories, most teachers want to see you cut your teeth and manager a little adversity before they let you inside the inner course of action. Here are some tips you can use in order to make this course of action go smoothly.
Don’t chime in on teaching debates. If two teachers are having a lively argue on what style to use when teaching, you should not offer up your opinion on the subject, no matter how bad you may want to. already if the other teachers nod and listen to what you say, you can be guaranteed that all that is going by their minds is something like “You’ve got some nerve telling me how to teach, I’ve been teaching since before you were born.” You’ll want to establish yourself at the school and wait until you track record can’t be argued with. Only then will you be taken seriously and your opinion will be of value.
Go out of your way to get to know the other faculty members. They will probably not extend this courtesy to you, so you have to go the additional mile. Because of the large turnover of first-year teachers, many seasoned veterans don’t invest the time to get to know new faculty. It’s sad, but it makes sense. In their reasoning, if you’re just going to bail then all of the time they spent with you is wasted. It’s probably happened to them in the past so now they just don’t put forth the effort. Once you understand this you should have no trouble being outgoing and starting the conversation. Let them know you’re there to stay.
Don’t try to only teach the good or smart students. You’ll probably get your proportion of classes and students that you find less than ideal. Seniority accounts for much of teacher scheduling so don’t be surprised if you have to teach some slow students your first year. Everybody did it, and the longer you stay the easier it will get.
You probably have a lot to learn your first year. Nobody is going to give you a cookie your first year, because you’re probably going to suck. The goal is to learn this year, more than ever, and get that first experience under your belt.
Get involved in after-school activities. The more you take part in after school roles and events the more chances you have to be a confront for the school, and the more opportunities you have to meet your coworkers. It also shows that you care and that you intend to stay long term.