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Old 09-18-2018, 05:28 PM
 
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Hi all,

What are common first-year-teacher mistakes to be aware of? And how do you avoid them?

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Old 09-19-2018, 07:09 AM
 
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Sorry, should've included some more background on me. Years ago I taught for a year. Fairly young teacher. Made my share of first-year teacher mistakes. Thought, "never again!". Now reconsidering going back, but want to see if other teachers' first-year mistakes are the same as mine.

My biggest problems were: too many hours grading, and taking student misbehavior/apathy too personally.

Did I mention the mountains of grading? In that regard, I may have failed to seek out techniques to reduce the amount of grading.

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The most common one I have seen is failing to really recognize the immaturity of high school students. Many young student teachers think that they will fare well in high school because “students will relate to me because I am young.” High school kids look (and sometimes act) like young adults—but in fact they are still children in most respects. Their capacity for decision making and planning is limited. Many of them are surprisingly naive and innocent. So don’r think you can be their “friend”. You are an adult and they are children, despite outward appearances. My advice is to maintain your adult persona at all times and keep a professional attitude and distance from your students. I don’t mean being unfriendly, but rather not being too chummy, if you know what I mean.
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Thank you, Lisa. I remember it feeling like a tricky balance to be able to use my sense of humor in class to help manage difficulties, while at the same time not letting students take advantage. I think I ended up bouncing between being too jocular and being too strict.
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Be tough on them academically. Don't worry about whether they lie it (or you) or not.

Be human and real (yet still professional), but, most importantly, above all else, don't try to be their friend

Don't take anything personally.

Expect something out of them behaviorally. They're going to try to tell you that Mr./Ms. So and So used to let us do whatever (something you shouldn't allow them to do); don't let them.

Never believe what students tell you about other adults.

Never believe what students tell you about anything, period.

If they're complaining about you, you're doing something right.

Give Ds, but don't fall too many kids.

Fly under the radar and don't make enemies m be humble.

Don't rely on admin to support you when it really comes down to it. Try to keep as many situations as you can out of their hands.

Don't feel like you have to save the world, work 100-hour weeks, or do things that parents should be doing. Empower kids with personal responsibility (I know those are bad words these days).


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Old 12-23-2018, 05:04 PM
 
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When you have a major assignment or project assign a range of due dates ( period one due Monday period 2 Tuesday etc) That way you can grade them a few at a time. Also don’t feel you have to grade every assignment.
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