How fun is this linky! I am linking up with Teaching with Crayons and Curls and My Mommy Reads for this rockin' linky party! Now, if you are a first year teacher, head on over and grab some cool tips to help you rock your first year teaching. If you are a veteran, what are your waiting for...your input is needed. Link up!
Three things you should do during your first year teaching:
1. Form relationships: This is vital to your sanity! Look around yourself and get to know your colleagues. They are all from different walks of life, and everyone has something to offer. Sometimes, they turn out to be some of the best friends you will ever meet. Don't be afraid to reach out- form those relationships early.
2. Plan ahead and plan a ton: As a first year teacher, it is easy to get overwhelmed quickly. By planning ahead, you are putting yourself if the driver's seat for success. My philosophy has always been to plan a ton- more than you think you will get to in that lesson because sometimes, you need it. It is better to have too much to keep those little minds thinking than not enough.
3. Ask for advice: Do not be scared to ask for help. Period.
Two things you shouldn't do your first year teaching:
1. Listen to negativity: It is going to crawl into your world, but swat it away quickly! Do not let the negativity of others bring you down. It will be in the halls, in the lounge, and even when you are at the grocery store. Think positively and keep doing your thing!
2. Give up: No way, no how! Never give up. Really, your first three years of teaching will be difficult, like climbing that mountain you can never complete, but you need to stay the course. You have minds to grow and lives to impact.
One piece of advice as you embark on your first year teaching:
1. Believe in yourself...you're a rock star!You've go this! You chose to go to school to become a teacher. There was something inside you that made you want to embark on this journey in the first place. Let your teaching light shine for all to see!