Have no doubt, starting out as a teacher in a big school with new faces, unknown pitfalls, and unfamiliar procedures can be rather daunting. But as a new teacher you have an impression to make and for this purpose you simply can’t allow your students to see you sweat.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind when starting out as a teacher in a new school. The following tips are by seasoned academics who survived their first year in one of the most challenging environments.
It highly recommended that you start you first day with a game plan, have a clear discipline plan set out for both consequences and rewards. You have to communicate to your students from day 1 and reinforce that plan throughout your initial week. It would also serve you well to send a copy of the discipline plan home for the parents and ask them to read through it with their children, sign it and return it. If you make sure they agree to the rules you’ve set out, it will come in handy later.
Keep your Students Engaged and Busy
Another great advice for teachers that are just starting out is plan out plenty of activities as you never know when you might need them. As a new teacher you are about to find out how kids tend to misbehave when they don’t have any activities. A class full of bored kids isn’t going to sit quietly for the ten minutes you take deciding what to do next.
Get the Support of your Peers
One of the most common mistake fresh teacher make is not finding a mentor amongst their colleagues. Many seasoned academics admit that if they had to do it again, they would make a good friend early on to whom they can go for advice.
Every teacher has their own specific way to keep themselves organized, a system they can work with and stick to it. With many students to manage it’s important you figure this out well before hand, and adapt as need be.
It would be a mistake to assume that your students will organize themselves just because you tell them to, count on it that they won’t. You will have to show them step-by-step how to organize their folders and notebooks.
Write and reflect
Maintain a professional journal from the very first day. It will serve as a reference you can use to reflect on your professional practices and witness the personal growth you’ve achieved through the course of your first year.
Have Fun with it
Do the best you can do and try to have fun while teaching. Once you’ve settled in and relaxed you are going to have a great time.
As a teacher you are going to be a very important part in the development of the future of these kids, and for that you need an appropriate game plan that will help you achieve the healthy growth of your students both academically and personally.