I had a reader e-mailing me today asking me about some first year teaching advice and since I'm fresh off the first year train I actually had some advice to give! I know several people have told me they are teaching third grade next year for the first time. Hopefully some of you newbies can benefit. I know most of you have more years of experience and if you have any advice you would like to give please comment and share with us:)
In no order of course:
In my building we do something called Pay It Forward. Every payday we send a note or phone call phone praising at least one child. You don't want parents to think that every time you are trying to get a hold of them it is because something bad has happened. It gives you brownie points too- who doesn't love to talk about their child's successes?
Don't forget to work early because by the end of the day you will DIE and be emotionally drained. The first weeks or even months your bed may turn into your best friend. I'm pretty sure this is acceptable as long as you pull yourself together by December or so:) The first 2-3 months of school I was there over an hour 1/2 early to prepare and left the MOMENT I could! I needed the quiet time to organize and prepare myself for the day.
I hope this helps some of you think a little more or differently than you were before - hey you may not even agree with all my advice and that is okay. We all teach in buildings with child that have individual needs. These are my experiences and what I have learned from them. If you would have anything to add please share with us! What are the biggest things you learned in teaching? Or wish you knew before? And a BIG THANK YOU to Ashlie who inspired this. I love hearing from readers.
Remember If you would like to guest post this summer please comment with your e-mail or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Hope to hear from you soon. Have a great week