Hey teacher friends! It's Teacher Talk Tuesday over at Blog Hoppin'. Be sure to hop on over and join in on the fun. :) Today, we are focusing on advice for new teachers...so, I'm going to keep this short and sweet! Here is my prescription for "survival!"
1. COMMUNICATE! I suggest a weekly newsletter...a website or blog even? (wink wink) Parents want to know what is going on, so keep them in the loop.
2. DO NOT try to keep up with the other teachers. As much as you want to come in and be on the same page as the veteran teacher next door, it is impossible. Remember, what works for him or her...may not work for you. Do what YOU want to do and what works best for your class.
3. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT! Be firm and consistent with the rules. I use Power Teaching in my classroom aka "whole brain teaching." My students repeat our class rules every day during calendar time. This helps them when breaking a rule...I can ask them what they did and they'll simply reply, "I broke rule #3." Make sure your students understand what is expected of them and what the consequences are for rule breaking. However, it is vital that you remember to PRAISE your kiddos. Feedback (for parents and students) is sooo important. Check this video out for a kindergarten example of whole brain teaching:
4. GET HELP! (ha ha that sounds funny....you may seek help after your 1st year of teaching) In all seriousness, do not be afraid to ask for help. Talk with mentor teachers, allow parent volunteers, delegate work to teacher assistants...it is tough to bear the load alone - collaborate! Some of my most valued friendships are my teacher friends!
5. REFLECT on your practices and be open for criticism. Things will not always go according to plan and you must allow for change. Ask yourself - Did it work? What would I have done differently? Always be willing to better yourself as an educator. Children change, so you must be willing to change, as well.
6. SING, DANCE, and HAVE FUN! I love little giggles, chit chat, and singing with my kinders. It is some of my most favorite times. Children learn through play and talking - give them the opportunity!
I hope this has helped. Happy teaching! ~Miss E