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by Teacher2Teacher Team | 07.5.16
As another set of new teachers prepares to enter the profession this fall, think back to the summer before your own first year as a teacher. What words of wisdom helped you most during those exhilarating, anxious and exciting days? We asked the Teacher2Teacher community to share the best piece of advice they received as they were starting their teaching careers. Read on for 20 teachers’ responses and share your own in the comments!
“You can’t control the students’ behavior but you can control how you respond.”—@themathdancer
“Fake it ‘til you make it. The students don’t know your lesson so roll with the punches. Tomorrow is another day.”—@kristinaguy
“Find what makes the students shine and capitalize on it. Also, find any way possible to connect with families.”—@MrsMsClassroom
“If you always put kids first, everything else will fall into place.”—@aleaness
“They’re all someone’s. You can be strict, but at the end of the day, they’re someone’s child. Treat them like your own.”—@gcorrena
“They’re not all going to get it the first time—or maybe even the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th—but keep trying.”—@llhughes1
“They don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Love them first!”—@MlleSulewski
“1. Every kid needs a champion. 2. Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear. 3. It’s OK to smile before Christmas. :)”—@SteveFigurelli
“Beg, borrow and steal from good teachers. In other words, don’t reinvent the wheel; use things that are working for others!”—@momof3andIteach
“To get student respect, you need to respect them. Be real, be honest, be open.”—@mbswoods
“Teach from the heart—not the textbook. Unleash your creativity!”—@TeacherOnTheRun
“‘Build your village.’ We don’t do this job alone.”—@saritabaum
“As you start your teacher career, make a point to seek out and surround yourself with positive people.”—@MrsPendergest
“Be a lifelong learner; never stop learning yourself.”—@DBK1957
“Be yourself and make the effort to connect with each student, whether it’s through conversation or a personalized note.”—@desistamant
“Be consistent with your rules and procedures. Also get to know your students and be honest with them.”—@PhillyEagles10
“You always have time for student creativity. Make time.”—@katiescholz75
“‘Having a bad day? Next year will be better.’ I put this on a notecard and stuck it in my desk. Got me through my 1st year.”—@soupergrrl
“Try new things. If they flop it’s not a failure but a lesson learned. Tomorrow is a new day and a chance to start over.”—@SCross1989
“Never forget, you don’t teach English, math, science, etc. You teach STUDENTS!”—@tavia_clark
What’s the best piece of advice you received as a new teacher? Pass along the wisdom in a comment below.
by Justin Tarte
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This is my third year teaching. I love this work, I really do, but I get worn down sometimes – especially this time of year.
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When I was an English teacher, my principal observed my lesson one day and gave me the feedback that I’d done a “good job” – and tha...