Hey, New Teachers, It's OK To Cry In Your Car. Like many first-year teachers, Luisana Regidor has a lot on her mind. There are lesson plans to write and papers to grade as well as a dozen other things: evaluations, observations, fundraisers, class trips. It's overwhelming. "Last Wednesday, I left here and I got in my car and I just cried," says Regidor, who teaches U.S. history at Schurz High School in Chicago. "Everything was hitting me at once. " Regidor, 31, says other teachers warned her that the first year could be rough, but in September she was full of ideas and energy. "Then, six weeks in, it happened," says Regidor. "Last Wednesday, I definitely felt like I should probably throw in the towel and do something else.
" Regidor isn't alone in that feeling or its timing. Ellen Moir, CEO of the New Teacher Center, which runs mentor programs in roughly 200 districts nationwide, has decades of anecdotes to show that October hits hard. First-year teachers who have someone they see as a mentor are more likely to stick it out. 21 Best Tips for Totally New Teachers from #WeAreTeachers. When we asked veteran teachers to share their very best tips for new teachers on our WeAreTeachers Instagram page, we were overwhelmed by all of the fantastic advice. Here are the top twenty-one tips we pulled from our Instagram page: All the newbies need to know that the first 5 years are the hardest.
But if you can get through them, you’ll start to really love your job. —@kristywebMake time for you! Work/life balance is crucial. WeAreTeachers is on Instagram! 10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Your First Year Teaching. Dear New Teachers, This blog post is for you. Perhaps you’ve heard that your first year will be “sooo hard.” I want to offer you another possibility. Your first year might just be awesome. You might not only survive it but you could even thrive. Here are some suggestions to help you have a fantastic first year in the classroom. 1.
Your relationships with others will keep you strong, and they might be the key to fueling your energy to persist through challenges. 2. There are veteran teachers who are sad and cynical, and there are others who are wise and hopeful. 3. Yes, I do suggest that you demand good professional development (PD). 4. Ideally, observe really effective teachers in your school or other schools. 5. Visiting the homes of just a few of your students will provide unique insight and perspective into your students. 6. What do you see as your goal or purpose as a teacher? 7. Sleep. 8. Once a week, at least, do something for yourself. 9. Write them down. 10. Best of Teacher HELPLINE! Keeping Your Cool When Behavior Gets Tough. Let’s face it: Even the best of us have moments when a child’s behavior just makes us want to throw a desk across the classroom and run screaming from the building. But being able to keep your emotions under control is arguably one of the most important aspects of our jobs as educators.
Recently, the WeAreTeachers HELPLINE! Discussed this topic when teacher Janie wrote in the following question: “How do you keep yourselves from being reactive in situations with students? I have a really hard time with this when my fifth graders are blatantly disrespectful to me and to their peers. I’ve tried counting to 10, walking to the hallway to calm down, or sometimes I bite my lip to prevent myself from speaking, but I just have a hard time letting it go. Then, when I finally speak, it comes out as yelling, which just escalates the problem and has resulted in me having a really awful day.
Janie, we feel your pain! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies. The year I started teaching seventh- to 12th-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, “Sign o’ the Times.” That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. That year also afforded me the opportunities to be assaulted with a stone, two chairs, a Rambo knife, a seventh-grade girl’s weak jab, and dozens of creative swear words. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.
Big Strategies: Fundamental Principles of Classroom Management 1. Teachers, like hypnotists, can string along a series of requests by asking students to do something most are already doing, then waiting for 100 percent compliance, and finally issuing another directive, etc. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Little Things: Quick Interventions That Support Classroom Management 1. 2. 3.
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“One of the big reasons I quit was sort of intangible,” Ingersoll says. How to teach a young introvert. What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education. Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of the world. In the U.S., where one third to one half the population identifies as introverts, that means sticking up for a lot of people. Some of them might be data engineers overwhelmed by the noise of an open-floor-plan office. Others might be lawyers turning 30, whose friends shame them for not wanting a big birthday bash. Cain remembers a childhood full of moments when she was urged by teachers and peers to be more outgoing and social — when that simply wasn’t in her nature.
We gave Cain a call to talk about how schools, both right now and far off in the future, could better care for the needs of introverted students. What kind of response did you get to the part of your TED Talk about the education system and how it isn’t optimized for introverts? “What an extroverted act it is in the first place to go to school. Interesting. Yes.