Starting Out

16 Feb

It was some time ago I started teaching. Back in 1993 to be exact. Gasp. Some time ago I worked with PRTs which gave me an insight into how things hadn’t changed much. So I thought I would dispense the following.

If I could offer you only one tip for surviving your first term of teaching, remembering to eat lunch and drink plenty of water would be it. Here are some other ideas.

Help me if you can

Ask for help. There will be people out there who would love to help.

Take time to get to know your students

All of them have a story and interests. Even the most challenging of students usually have things that they are interests and talents. Take time to find out what they are. The Learning Plans we have developed as a staff have helped immeasurably in this area. Having settled get a mentor or critical friend in to observe you. They can help (see previous comment).

Preparation, preparation, preparation
Avoid trying to attempt any photocopying of resources or finishing up that key IT presentation on Monday morning. Prepare for things to come up. That fire drill. IT failure. Being prepared will help your stress levels.

My pink notebook
I know it’s very old school but I carry a note book with me and write down (scribble) good ideas or things I should know. Invaluable.

Weekends rule

Make sure you step away at the weekend and after school. You cannot be effective if you are focused on school all the time. What example does it set to other staff and your students? There is nothing wrong with going home at 4:30pm.

Students are not your friends they are students

Enough said.

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Professional Reading

I was handed this piece this week and found it ideal. It’s great for a Faculty Meeting and I am sure it will spark debate at your place.

The 3 Rs for Coaching

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