Thursday, July 25, 2013

Let's Get Aquainted: Advice for New Teachers!

I'm super excited to tell you I am planning my 100 Follower Giveaway!!!  Are you excited?!?!?!  I AM!!! :)  I can't wait to get it started!

Today I'm linking up with Flying into First Grade for her Let's Get Acquainted Linky (I know I'm super late to this one!)!  This week's topic is Advice for New Teachers.  I'm heading into my fifth year teaching and I am still learning things everyday! 

Here's my advice!!!

Only buy what you a few fun extras! :)  I still struggle with this!  As teachers, we buy A LOT of things for our kiddos and for our classrooms.  That's part of the fun!  But it gets expensive too.  You buy something here and there and before you know it you've spent way too much.  It's especially hard your first year when you're just starting out and every year after that when the back to school things start to roll out!  And when you get emails about super sales at the craft stores.  Or see super deals that everyone's posting on Instagram or blogging about. ;)  Trust me, I know!!  It's tough, and that's why you need a few fun extras to go along with the things you NEED.  

Plan, plan, plan!  If you can plan during your prep time, do it!  I usually end up planning at home because I get too caught up with activities I already have planned and need to get ready at school :)  It's important to plan out your lessons to make everything go smoothly.  But you also have to be flexible because unplanned things WILL come up.  And that's okay!!!  Sometimes those unplanned things are the best learning experiences.

Never be afraid to ask questions.  If you have a question, ASK IT!  That's the only way you'll find the answer.  If you need help with something, ask!  If you aren't sure about how to best teach a lesson, ask!  If you need help with a particular student, ask!  It's okay to ask questions and you should!  We all know what's it's like to be brand new and we love helping and sharing our ideas or helping you find the answers you need :)

It's important that you find a teaching buddy or mentor who you can collaborate with and go to for help if you need it.  I was/am lucky to have the most amazing first grade team to work with.  They helped me with everything and really helped me grow as a teacher AND a person.  We share ideas, lessons, crafts, and even our challenges.  I know that they would help me through anything!  So find someone who you can go to for help, to bounce ideas off, and to share your struggles and successes.  Believe me, it will make all the difference in the world.

Being a teacher is a lot of work.  You will hear people talk about how nice it must be to work from 8-3 and to get summers off, but it's not that simple!  You will be working past three.  And before eight.  And during your lunch.  And at home.  And especially over the summer, because that's when you have time to get all your great ideas really going!  It's a lot of work, but it's worth every second!  But you NEED to make time for yourself.  It's hard to get caught up in all your super ideas, but it's important to take a break.  Spend time with your family and friends.  Take your pup for a walk.  Enjoy the sunshine.  Smell the flowers. :)  Take care of yourself because THAT will make you a better teacher too.

Be yourself!!!

If you haven't linked up, head over!!  I'm sure you have some good advice to share too! :)

1 comment:

  1. Sarah, you are SO right- you can spend WAY too much and have to stop. That is good advice to learn from the start. It is so easy to get "one more cute thing..." :( AND- also- it is so important to TAKE A BREAK for yourself. That's easy to forget, too. This was a great post!
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