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!
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.