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As a new teacher, you try your hardest to learn all of the new procedures and cultural norms of your school, but many times it can be hard but what if all of the veteran teachers poured their knowledge into you? Well, we’ve compiled the best advice from veteran teachers and here you go.
-Don’t try to be great at everything all at once.
-Set work hour limits for yourself or you will easily work yourself into the ground! There are never enough hours in the day to get it all done so learn to prioritize!
-Set discipline standards on day one and stick to them. Be strict, but fair.
–Don’t take on any extra projects, jobs, or work. Focus on planning and teaching the entire time.
-Don’t get discouraged. You’ll have days when you feel like a failure. I let myself have a little pity- party for like a day then get back in there and change lives!!
-Don’t let them (students) engage you in a public battle. Settle problems calmly and in private, when it’s possible for kids to admit they’re wrong without losing face. “Never wrestle with a pig — you’ll both get dirty, and the pig will enjoy it.”
– Don’t quit… the second year is way better!
-Work smarter, not harder– take advice from others, have a learning attitude, and collaborate, collaborate, collaborate!
-When you have back to school night or parent teacher conferences always let the parents know to come to you calmly with any issues. I always tell them ” you believe half of what they tell you happens at school and I’ll believe half of what they tell me happens at home”
– It’s ok if you don’t get done with everything you had planned for your students. There’s always tomorrow!