Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tips for first year teachers!

Hello!!! It has been quite some time since I did a post and now that my life isn't so crazy I am finally ready to rebrand my blog.

I started this blog when I was a broke kid in college, now I am a teacher and have one year under my belt and many more to come :)

As a teacher who just finished her first year of teaching not too long ago, I would like to share a few things I learned during my first year:

  • It's okay to ask a lot of questions. 
The more you ask, the more you will know.
  • Write down everything!! 
Things can get really crazy and you will forget the simplest things that are really important.
This is the one thing I struggled with last year and it definitely added to my stress load.
  • Do as much as you can during your planning period. 
There were very many times when I got caught up and chatted away my planning, it is easy to do! However the more you get done during your planning, the less you have to do during your time off.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help!
  • Try and have some alone time to decompress and smell the roses ;)
  • Teachers have tons of resources, if you need something ask around before going out to buy something!
  • When you are sick, take a day off. 
  • Sweet and caring notes/cards/emails really do mean a lot. 
They definitely helped me during my low times and were often words of encouragement.
  • Lesson planning is tedious, 
But you will get better with time.
  • Last, but not least, have fun! 
My students are truly amazing and fill my day with joy, they will become your own "kids" and you will learn so many different things about them. There were many times my students didn't want to leave my classroom, and I knew that meant I was doing something right :)

If you're a first year teacher I wish you could luck and happy planning!

Until next time
Emily <3