I know, I know… you’re probably thinking, “Another link up? When is she going to post anything genuine!?” Well just wait a minute before you scroll past because this is a good one! I’m linking up with Teaching with Crayons and Curls to bring you some rockstar tips for your first year of teaching!
My best piece of advice to give is relax and refresh on the weekends. Save your sanity and get some sleep to refresh your mind and body. Not only will you better be able to concentrate when the time comes to do some work at home, but your stress levels won’t be crazy during the week. So enjoy your weekends!
The first thing you should not do is take work home with you. I don’t mean to not take papers that need graded home, I mean let school stay at school. This goes along with my #1 piece of advice. I know it’s hard to turn it off because, as teachers, we are so compassionate about what we do and we truly, deeply love our students. We want what is best for them even after school hours, and there is nothing wrong with that. But you’ve still got to be you, because you’re a person after all.
The second thing you should not do is fall into the trap of gossiping in the teacher’s lounge. It’s hard, it’s where teachers eat lunch and it where we get to vent. I get it. But it can be super toxic. Just make sure it isn’t turning you into a Negative Nancy.
For every “do not” there’s a DO! plus one! First, you should make friends and collaborate. Don’t stay out of the teacher’s lounge all together. Don’t not say hi to your fellow teachers in the hallway. Smile, be nice, and make some friends!
Just as much as you need to make friends with other teachers, make friends with the school secretary, custodians, and lunch crew… they truly are AMAZING people! And you’ll thank yourself for it.
My last piece of advice is to have fun and enjoy what you do. Teaching is one of the best professions in the world, and certainly is one of the most rewarding. And don’t ever forget that YOU were chosen to run your class and you CAN do it. It those moments of despair, stay positive and keep on keeping on! You’ll get through every and any obstacle that you face and it will all make you a better teacher and person. Love your life and love your job!
What teaching tips do you have for new teachers?