Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to School Advice for New Teachers

Hi everyone!
Today I'm linking up with Happy Teacher, Happy Kids, and other amazing teacher bloggers to give advice to new teachers. Although I am fairly new to the teaching field I have a few tips based on my own experience and advice that I have received in the past.

1. Know that what you do matters.
Sometimes you feel unappreciated or under valued, you may think your students just aren't getting it, and you might even feel like giving up. Know that you are important and the your teaching will have an impact on your students. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday.  Remind yourself that what you do and perhaps what you don't do, matters.

2. Make friends.
It is important to make friends with people that can help you, custodians, secretaries, support staff and your grade level team. When the bulb to my projector went out three days before my observation I was  glad that I took time out to build a relationship with the IT crew.  They were able to get me up and running in no time. Yes, they would have helped me regardless of our friendship, but a smile can expedite things.  We instill in our students the importance of teamwork and collaboration, the same must be true with teachers. There is enough stress and drama to deal with in the world, don't add to it.

3. Never underestimate the power of a good bargain.
I love, love, LOVE  dollar stores and thrift shops. Many dollars stores have a teacher sections where you can pick up cheap stickers, organizing bins, and supplies. This summer I picked up super cute neon baskets to organize my classroom library. I have also scored many great deals at various thrift shops. I've purchased boardgames, bookshelves, indoor recess toys, and read-aloud books without breaking the bank.  You can also use your Teacher ID card to get discounts at many clothing and craft stores and even save money on your wireless bill.

Now head on over to Happy Teacher, Happy Kids, to read some more great tips.
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  1. Hi Ashley! I love your post- you have great tips! And I definitely agree that "a smile can expedite things" Thanks for joining the link up! :-)

  2. great tips - thanks for sharing