10 tips for First Year Teachers

Nicely focused, and well thought through advice.

Teaching the Teacher

1. Don’t talk over the kids
If there is one piece of advice I could give you, it is  this. Never talk over the kids.  You might have to wait a long time for their attention and on occasion you might have to stop and wait. Be patient. Allowing the kids to talk over you is telling your students that you do not expect them to listen to you.

2. Your students’ mistakes are not a reflection on you as a teacher
It can be easy to internalise every bad action your students make as a reflection on your teaching. Especially if you have another adult tut-tutting your students misdemeanours. While modelling and guiding behaviour is important, it is not  your job to prevent every bad decision from happening. It is far important to make sure the kids put things right after they muck up.

3. Never be afraid to…

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