A Teachers 1st Year Survival Guide

Very few things are as daunting as the first day of a new job. If you're a new teacher, it can be exceptionally nerve-wracking because you're charged with teaching and guiding 20 new children for an entire year.

A teacher's first year of teaching really need to be a successful because nearly 40% of teachers leave the profession within the first year. That first year is when a teacher really finds out if they handle the rigors of academic life and if they can really be an effective teacher to their students.

  • The First 180 Days: Details the first school year for two separate teachers. It discusses the challenges they face, how they overcame them, and the people who helped them succeed.
  • What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching: Tells new teachers exactly what to expect when they first begin teaching.
  • Tips For Newbie Teachers: Offers great tips on how new teachers can establish themselves and how to have the best start to their career.

The most important thing a new teacher needs to establish at a school is a support system. Finding a mentor is instrumental in a teacher's success. A veteran teacher will be able to offer great advice, help manage a class if a new teacher needs backup, and more importantly, he or she remembers what it's like to be a new teacher, offering support during the bad days.

Those same mentors can also help teachers develop their own style of teaching. Being able to see what works for one teacher will give new teachers an idea of what should work but it also allows them the freedom to decide what methods are suitable.

  • New Teacher Resources: Provides many different resources for new teachers including tips.
  • Tips For Classroom Success: Discusses how to set up a classroom so that it presents a great learning environment for kids and teacher.
  • Checklist Of Tips: An excerpt list of tips for new teachers put together by veteran teachers.

Dealing with tough students will probably be one of the most difficult parts of being a teacher. There are some kids who live for causing trouble, so it's important that a teacher always retains their temper. If a student is particularly talkative, make a point of acknowledging the comment but give more attention to someone who has obeyed the rules and waited. If a student is heckling the teacher or other students, don't give in; simply move on from the subject. Remember that most problem students are reacting to some problems at home, so new teachers should see if they can get that child to open up to them.

The relationship between a teacher and the parents of a child is important as well. If a parent needs to be contacted because of a certain child's behavior, some of them can be overprotective. They will have a hard time accepting that their child was wrong. A teacher requires patience and persistence to deal with them. Don't let the situation turn ugly but be firm with the parent and let them know that their child has been causing problems that need to be addressed. Even if there isn't a problem, always be courteous when dealing with parents. If you have a good relationship with a parent, they will be much more likely to accept it when their child starts acting up.

The first year can be tough for new teachers but the ones who stick it out often find out they are much tougher than they thought they were!

Published: 2010-01-20