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Readers Respond: What You Wish You'd Known Your First Year Teaching

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Every new teacher has a learning curve that includes triumphs and challenges. Upon reflection, all of us have something that they wish they'd known during that first year. For example, I wish I would have known how to create a good substitute folder and emergency lesson plans so that would not have stress when I was sick.

A Learning Experience

Remember, your first year teaching is a learning experience. No class and no degree totally prepares you for it...but the first year prepares you totally for all of the other years. Reflect on the year as it goes, remember the successes you have and build on them, and remember what you want to change next year, and change it.
—Guest Chris in MA

3rd grade teacher

I just wanted to add that I am 54 and was diagnosed Bipolar about 15 years ago. My now principal was a co-worker at the time and was there for me every day. He is now my principal and is very much a suport person, even taking me to the hospital when needed. Not all supervisors are negative. We have to give credit where credit is due. Yes, I have ben on all the different meds and the ups and downs.
—Guest csuchy

Bad first year

It will get better trust me! You will always have those years. Remember, there is.a reason you chose to do this. The good.days.you will have makes.up for all the bad days:D
—Guest Aimes

Get a Mentor

One of the first things I should have done was get a mentor - someone who would show me around and give me the inside scoop on how the school worked. I had to learn everything through trial and error, and often times with embarrassing results. Most teachers will be more than happy to be your mentor. You just have to ask. Sam http://www.SuccessInTheClassroom.com
—EIFT

Proper Etiquette in Teaching

As I ponder today and remember the events in the past in my first year of teaching, I smile secretly and make a long breath telling myself, " if only it happens today, it won't really be a misfortune" My first year of teaching was full of lessons making me the best teacher in my struggle in teaching profession. I encountered many undesirable happenings making me a laughing stuff among my co teachers and students. However, the more I stumble , they more lessons to perfection I gained along the way. Here are some of my unintentional errors.I yelled outside my room while the subject teacher had a class, instructing late students to get out, cut the worn pants wore by student instead of wearing proper uniform, forgot I brought home the key of the handcuff while student was handcuff during the intramural game of blind date. Student cried much with handcuffs. I left the cassette tape for the cheering squad in the room while the show began. Audience waited much. With all my faults I am sorry.
—Susan39.aparejo
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