When it comes to teaching, the first year is undoubtedly the most difficult. It doesn’t matter how good your training was or how much time you spent student teaching. Those things are all good, but there is no comparison to being alone in a classroom and wholly responsible for the learning of anywhere between 20 and 100 students, depending on what grade you are teaching. It is trial by fire in its purest form. Fortunately, it is possible to survive your first year of teaching and live to teach another year. If you are preparing for your first year of teaching, here are some tips that will help you to make it the best year possible.
First and foremost, do not try to do it yourself. If your district has a formal mentoring program, use it. If not, find an informal mentor. You are looking for a more experienced teacher who has experience in the grades or subjects that you will be teaching. This will be the person that you go to when you are dealing with a difficult student or trying to unravel a complex concept for your class. He or she will hopefully be able to give you …How To Survive Your First Year Of Teaching Read More