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Best Advice for New Teachers

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Being a new teacher is harder than anyone will admit. 

I remember my first year as a teacher, I had a 1+ hour commute each way on long country roads and cell phone service was quite spotty on my route. 

I was teaching a mixed-exceptionalities classroom which was code for “students with learning needs and behaviour issues”. I was brand new to this type of classroom setting and was completely green. 

Eventually, I found my way to teaching middle school ELA and Social Studies to Grade 7 and 8 students – my two favourite subjects. 

Because I so vividly remember being a new teacher and the lack of support I received, I really care about new teachers. I have written two popular blog posts new teacher mistakes. You can find them at these links 5 Mistakes New Teachers Make and 5 More Mistakes New Teachers Make.

In this blog post, real teachers share their best advice for new teachers – to ensure you receive more advice than the old saying “don’t smile until Christmas”. 

Advice For New Teachers From Teachers

  • Teach your procedures and routines. Do not assume students will follow without a lot of practice. 
  • Be yourself – let students get to know you. 
  • You control the classroom – students can have structured choices. 
  • Don’t take things to heart. Students are kids and will say/do things that are frustrating. 
  • Don’t take too much grading home – this might not always be possible but try your best to make use of planning time and lunch hour at school. 
  • Be firm, consistent, and fair with your classroom management. Have a classroom management plan and stick to it. 
  • Teach children, not standards.
  • Build relationships with your students
  • Remember, the most important people in the building are the custodian, cafeteria workers and secretaries. 
  • When monitoring group work, stand by one group, look at another, and listen to a third group
  • Don’t settle, but don’t kill yourself by striving for perfection.
  • Be humble and listen to others’ advice.
  • Be patient.
  • Do the assignment before your students to dictate if it is difficult enough. 

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