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?
Whatever you put into this job is what you are going to get out of it. If you don't do research, don't get to know your kids, and don't make engaging lessons etc. you better kiss it goodbye. You won't enjoy work, your kids won't want to be in your class, and basically you won't last in the teaching field. I was so proud to say that all my kids told me they would miss my class at the end of the year. I can't say that they would have all said that back in December but with lots of hard work I did whatever I could to make everyone happy(most of the time of course).
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.
11- Donor's ChooseDonor's Choose is your best friend. Trust me, the moment you become a teacher create a project to invest yourself into. Make sure you are passionate about it because that will show in your writing you submit. Share it to facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram--whatever you can! Tell all your relatives. They will love it because you are a first year teacher and everyone thinks that is just precious! My first year I earned a kidney table for my classroom and this year I got an i-Pad mini. People are generous when they love you. And wait until double donations start for your parents and yourself to donate. They always happen you just have to wait for them. So don't get to carried away! Last year they did it right before Halloween. So get one ready and wait for donation match time to come up.
12-Be Mean, Be Serious, Be Stern, Be loving
In every class you will have that one student who pushed your buttons the first week of school. Push theirs right back. Students like this will test you the first week and don't cut them slack. Blow it off, ignore bad behavior but let them know it comes with consequences as well. Take away recess and lunch, don't just threat. Let expectations be clear and consequences clearer. Students will respect you for this. Pick your most troubled student, the one who is hardest to like even (it will happen) and spend time with them. Make sure they know that you care about them. Every child wants love but some have different ways of showing that. But let them know who is boss. It is hard to discipline children. I've nearly cried after seeing children apologize to me who I can tell actually mean it. I always give them a hug and tell them I forgive them but let them know I am disappointed in their behavior. You will thank me for this;)
13- Start a TeachersPayTeachers Account
My first year of teaching I made a lot of simple resources but I never saved them to sell. This year I took those resources and modified them for TPT. Upload your freebies, make your simple items a little better and put them on there. The income you get will cover items you want to purchase yourself. I don't make much on there because I don't have a lot but It is always a nice surprise to get a little chunk of change in your account. Think long term on this, a TPT success story doesn't happen overnight. For help with this check out this awesome blog post by Mercedes.
AND use the restroom even when you don't think you have to. Because something will come up.