Advice for Teachers
I would like to share some advice for teachers – especially the new teachers. Ah, the new teachers: underpaid and overwhelmed. Before we get started, remember this: your first year is the hardest and your second year will be better.
Take Care of Tomorrow When you have a to-do list 500 items long and every square foot of your classroom reminds you of one more thing that you need to do…stop! Go through your plan book and make sure you have tomorrow planned out and ready to go. Then go home and get a good night’s sleep.
Understand Tattling The first question I ask is: are you telling me this to help someone or to hurt someone? This question will help you figure out whether it’s a serious classroom concern or a conflict between two students.
Indulge in Your (Child Appropriate) Vices We all have little things that brighten our day. Maybe a good cup of coffee, fresh flowers or delicious smelling hand cream makes you smile. Think about the small pleasures that you enjoy and try to incorporate them into your school day. Taking care of yourself with small indulgences will pay off in big ways.
Do Your Best and Find a Friend “Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being.” – John Updike – Be nice to yourself; you’re working hard and will continue to learn more about teaching every day that you teach. Seek out positive people who work at your school. It will bring joy to your life.
All teachers have difficult years from time to time. Tough years happen to the best of us. What defines a great teacher is their dedication to constantly improving their practice.