First Year Teacher

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Are you looking for tips as a first year teacher? Check out my advice for first-year teachers.  First of all, congratulations on surviving college and landing your first teaching gig.  I know you are excited, stressed out, joyful, tired...shall I go on?  

First Year Teacher GOALS

First year teacher goals are simple.  Set small achievable goals for yourself and build up to conquer larger ones. Think about what you want to achieve in your classroom. Your first-year teacher's goal may be to leave school before 5:00 each day. Another may be to help a student who seems angry most days. Have fun, make an impact! You will learn so much about your first year teaching.  You will make mistakes and you will do better next time. Remember to teach from your heart and do what is best for your students.  Develop a classroom management plan because if you do not become a classroom management master, it will be a long, painful school year!

First-year teacher checklist

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Here is a suggestion of what your first year teacher checklist should look like:

1 - Calendar or planner (here is the one I have and love)

2 - Activities for the first few days - Check out Save Fred, and Back to School Games)

3 - Classroom Management Plan

4 - Daily Classroom Schedule

5 - Meet the teacher letter

6 - Open House Stations - Make Open House SUPER EASY for YOU and for parents. Open House Stations will keep parents and students moving throughout your classroom while you are getting the information you need. Plus, you can meet your sweet students and their families! This bundle from Teachers Pay Teachers also includes a Meet the Teacher treat! SCORE!

7 - Teacher Self-Care Ideas - The life of a teacher is hard.  You have to take care of yourself physically and mentally. If self-care for you is writing lesson plans while binge-watching Netflix that’s okay.  If not bringing work home and killing it at the gym after school is what your self-care looks like, that’s okay. Simply put, you be you!

First-year teacher must-haves

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Great pair of shoes - Shoes for teachers

  • Trendy Teacher Clothes - jane.com is great shopping for teachers!  Prices are affordable and the clothing and accessories are trendy! It’s a win, win!
  • First year teacher survival kit - bring on the chocolate!  Keep you a few snacks in your desk for days you are swamped and need something quick.   
  • Water bottle - Make sure you drink lots of water.  You need a good water bottle you can sip on throughout the day.  This water bottle is what I have to have enjoyed it. It fits in my backpack and helps me measure how much water I drink each day.  
  • Teacher backpack -  This is the best teacher backpack...ever!  It offers the right amount of space without feeling like you are carrying around a suitcase!
  • Classroom Organization - Amazon offers so many containers and options for classroom organization.  Have a place for everything. Make sure your students know where these places are and assign jobs for your students to help keep your classroom clean and organized.  

Advice for first-year teachers

You are going to plan jam up lessons and activities yet sometimes, they aren’t going to get it.  That’s okay! You are going to pour yourself into kids who could care less, pour into them anyway.  Each day you have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. The students who need love and support sometimes ask for it in challenging ways.  Always remember this! The best advice I have even been given was to treat students like you would wish for your child to be treated. Sit back and think about that for a minute.

Protect your planning time.  Use your planning time and devote it to planning lessons and activities for your students.  Make copies, and prepare for the days or weeks ahead. I know often time is spent socializing but it will help reduce your stress level if you are protective of this time.  Make a list of tasks you need to complete first. Write the list with the top priorities at the top. Mark the task off when you have completed it. You will be filled with such an accomplished feeling as you are marking off tasks.