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My two retired teacher/friends and I went to a lunch. A lady at the next table overheard part of our conversation and learned that we were all retired teachers. She was excited and wanted a piece of advice for her daughter who will be teaching first grade. Her daughter graduated in December and will be taking a maternity leave from the end of January to the end of the year.

Here is what we said:
Friend 1: Remember to be firm. You are the teacher-not their friend.
Friend 2: Wash your hands often. Take care of you.
Me: Be extra sweet to the janitors and the secretaries at the school.



What advice would you give to a new teacher?


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Old 01-15-2020, 11:08 AM
 
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1. Get on the good side of the secretary.
2. Don't be too friendly with parents. Keep it professional.
3. Practice classroom rules and expectations a lot at the beginning of the year.
4. Don't let admin steal your love of teaching.
5. Close your door and do what you know is best for your students.
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Don't put your own needs last
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because you love your students and want to be the best teacher ever. Take care of yourself physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. If you put yourself first you will have the energy to be the best teacher ever.

Greet your students at the classroom door every morning with a smile no matter what else is on your to do list.

When you make a mistake in the classroom admit it to your students. Apologize and move on to correct. Your students will learn from your example that they do not have to be perfect and can learn from their mistakes too.

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General:
*Be kind to everyone.
*Smile a lot and go about your business.
*Don't gossip.
*Learn to smile and say “No, thank you” to things you don’t have time for.

Teaching:
*Be hyperorganized.
*Show students you’re a trustworthy learner.
*Read tons of professional literature.
*Work diligently.
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Old 01-15-2020, 03:30 PM
 
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Don't give all of your Self to your job.


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Start preparing for retirement by putting a little by every month NOW!!

I wish a veteran teacher had encouraged/nagged me to start when I was a newbie. Even just $25 a month into a 401k would have made a difference if I had started back in the day.

I am fine and have a comfortable retirement, but it would have been FAR easier if I had started earlier.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:03 PM
 
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as the kids leave the classroom, shake hands, high 5, whatever. It's a way to forgive each other at the end of the day. Tomorrow we start over.

About your real problem students, pray for them. Not that you'll get along, figure them out, or that they'll be better. Just bless them. It might change them, but more likely you.

When they don't understand the lesson, explain that you might be sounding kind of angry, but it's really that you are frustrated because you haven't explained it well. "Let's do something else now, I'll think about this tonight and find a better way to teach it."

Have some fun with your class. It's the laughter that will be remembered.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:22 PM
 
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Start some kind of savings/401k plan with your first paycheck. You will never be sorry.

Make the effort to really get to know each of your students...really get to know them.

Build in fun...even if admin has outlawed it. Do it anyway. These are children,not automatons.

Remember...the work is never, ever “done”. So organize and prioritize.
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Old 01-15-2020, 07:09 PM
 
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Be firm, fair, and consistent.

Get a journal or scrapbook and have the students sign it. That way she'll have a record of the number of lives she's impacted and what year she taught them. I always did this for my student teachers.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:54 AM
 
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Be totally prepared for each class.

Be fair and make sure your students know you are fair.

Find something to like or a positive about every single student you ever teach

Have good classroom management (students do appreciate this as they feel safe and supported in a well-managed classroom)


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Old 01-16-2020, 09:31 AM
 
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Smile and have a sense of humor.

Talk with your students and develop relationships.

Be the kind of teacher you would want to have.

Show passion for what you are teaching. Be a student yourself and let your students know you love learning.

Don't respond to problems when you are angry or upset. Think things through first so your response is thoughtful and helpful, not raw emotion.

Be fair, consistent, and approachable.

Make the effort to continually grown in every aspect as a teacher.
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:40 AM
 
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I certainly agree with all the important things others have mentioned.

Additionally I suggest that they not consider the classroom decor being pushed by youtubers. Their emphasis is showcasing their own “creativity” to make the classroom inviting and cute.

It also costs a lot of money for a new teacher to try and keep up with all the stuff those teachers push.

Just remember that the firsties will love whatever you do,especially if you let them help make the classroom theirs too.

First grade is the BEST!
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:38 PM
 
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1. Set a habit with your first purchase for your classroom. We all know you're going to buy things, so tell yourself that you have to match what you spend on your classroom and kids with a same-size "donation" to a savings account for your family and your future.

(I wish I had not spent so much money. I could have made book baskets out of Amazon boxes instead of buying plastic bins. I could have bought more things at the Dollar Store instead of Office Depot. I could have built more of a classroom library by going to yard sales. Etc.)

2. I agree with don't gossip. Just decide now that you will not participate.

3. Wash your hands often and clean off the desks every day with a disinfectant.

4. When it all seems overwhelming, realize that you are reaching a huge percent of your students and that it's only a handful that are making you sweat.
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