Today I'm linking up with Latoya for her Let's Get Acquainted Linky Party! This week's topic is advice to new teachers.
Here's my advice:
Comfortable shoes. When I first started teaching I was 22 and wanted to look
older professional so I wore dressy heels every day. My background is in softball, so this was so uncomfortable for me! There are so many cute, comfortable shoes that I now wear. Remember, you'll be on your feet most of the day!
Over plan. I still do this now going into my 10th year. I find that it's better to be prepared then to sit with
rowdy angelic children in front of you with nothing to do.
Be afraid to ask questions. Veteran teachers don't know everything and no one expects you to. Find someone you're comfortable with to go to when you need a little direction.
A friend on your staff. You don't need to become besties with everyone, but you will need someone to talk to, vent, cry, and laugh with.
Time for yourself. Teaching can be consuming, but you need to remember you are a person in addition to being Mr./Ms./Mrs. Teacher. Take care of yourself so you can be your best for your kids.
Open minded. You've learned a lot of stuff in classes and have visions of how your year will go. Just remember to have an open mind. Change is okay. If you have to scrap your classroom management plans midyear multiple times, do it. Find what works for you!
And don't forget that today is the last day for the 2nd grade facebook freebie hop!
Click here for directions on how to start. Have fun!