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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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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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