The First Year Teacher Book Tour

I am linking up with Brian & Eric of Wise Guys Resources with some tips for first year teachers.

These days, new teachers are leaving the field at a rate of 50% - decreasing the teacher population while the student population increases.  Brian and Eric of Wise Guys have used their combined experience of 40 years in the classroom to help tackle that problem, by writing an e-Book to motivate new teachers along with creating a large resource guide to equip new teachers with the tools they need for success.  They also created a free ebook for more established teachers to start the new school year off strong.

I so remember my first year as a new teacher!  I wondered why I was even hired! (Did they not know that I didn't have a clue how to do 'this teacher thing'?!)  
Yes, I had graduated with a degree, 
a teaching certificate, 
and an idealistic philosophy of education 
(that had no basis in research or reality).  
What I did not have was any idea or training on how to manage my classroom of 30 second graders. 
I did not have access to many teaching resources 40 years ago, there was no Google, no Pinterest, no teacher resource stores, and no Teachers Pay Teachers!  YIKES!  
Consequently, I learned many most lessons the hard way.  I gradually came to realize that it didn't matter how great my lessons were - if I did not have the attention of my students - they were not going to learn anything.  I learned from my colleagues and read what ever I could find on teaching and learning.  I started teaching routines and incorporated a motivating classroom management system.  I survived and eventually 'flourished'.  :)

 I wish I had had access to this eBook of tips and ideas for the first year teacher!!! It would have taken a lot of the trial and error (frustration and tears) out of my first years in the classroom.
So my tip to first year teachers - read this eBook!  
Search the blog world - learn from those who have figured out how to 
do 'this teacher thing'!  
And find the joy in the journey!
Here are some more tips for you from more teachers who care!
Tips for First Year Teachers How to survive as a first year teacher

To celebrate the launch of The First Year Teacher eBook and Resource Guide, Wise Guys are giving away $100 in gift cards to Teachers Pay Teachers plus copies of the book and guide!  If you know anyone who is new to this profession, let them know about this giveaway too!  
For more inspirational stories, head over to the Guys' blog to get linked to others' First Year Teacher reflections at The Modern Classroom.




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18 comments

  1. Peggy, thanks so much for sharing. As veteran teachers, we need to help out first year educators so they can succeed in the profession. You have some great advice!

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    1. Thanks you for the opportunity to be an encourager to new teachers!

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  2. Peggy, thanks so much for sharing. As veteran teachers, we need to help out first year educators so they can succeed in the profession. You have some great advice!

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    1. Thank you! BTW - could you send that eBook back in time to the 23 year old me? ;)

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  3. Peggy it was so nice to read through some of our friends great advise. It was a good reminder for us "veteran" teachers too. We sometimes get to comfortable in our ways. Thank you for the reminder!
    _ Pauline

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    1. Thanks, Pauline! I really enjoyed reading everyone's words of wisdom too!

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    1. Thank you, Kristen! I enjoyed them too!

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    2. Lots of great advice! I'm entering my 20th year, and I wish I'd had all the resources I have now back in 1996, when I started teaching. All I had were the things you could buy at the teacher supply store and The Mailbox magazine (which, let me tell you, I got sooooo many good ideas from). I'm glad I can take advantage of it now, and the all the new classroom technology too! Thanks for compiling this list and including me in there too!
      Allison (Ali)
      Teaching Powered by Caffeine

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    3. I totally hear you, Ali! I am so thankful for all the resources we have at our fingertips now! Thanks for adding your words of wisdom! :)

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  5. I am going into my 4th year teaching and have been struggling the whole time.. this is going to be so helpful ! Thank you
    Karen

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    1. Karen, I am so delighted that you found these helpful resources! :)

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  6. I am a first year teacher and I have found things to be a struggle sometimes. My strategy has been to just ask questions until I get several answers and then find what works for me.

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  7. How interesting that two "Franklin" girls went into teaching, and how both of us, in our own way, are sharing what we've learned over the years with others, I via my fiction, and you via nonfiction (and your blog). Good going, Peggy.

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  8. Thank you so much! This blog is so helpful! I am a first year teacher from Illinois, going to be teaching Kindergarten! I love all the advice, and am so grateful for veteran teachers that are willing to take the time and help new teachers!

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  9. Thank you so much! I'm a first year teacher and I love all the advice I'm getting! I would love this ebook!

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