Sunday, July 21, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted: Advice for New Teachers

Hi all! 
I cannot believe I only have 1 week left before I go back to school.  Im still in shock.  How much time do you have left?
Anyways.... It is that time again.  It is time to get acquainted with fellow teacher bloggers.
Topic- Advice for New Teachers
This week we will share great advice for the new teachers out there.  I was in there shoes six years ago and I still remember it like it was yesterday. 
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I love love LOVE my set of classroom mailboxes.  The students put their daily folders in their mail slot at the beginning of each day.  I put their handouts and grades in their as well.
Pacon Classroom Mailbox, 15 Slots
Make sure to prepare ahead of time.  it only makes your life easier.  I try to gather up all of my materials for the next day before I leave school each day.  I also type plans for the next week during my planning hour.  This helps to keep me from planning during the weekend and getting behind. 
It is so important to be on time.  You most definitely should get to work on time!  But there is also being on time to drop kids off to specials or being on time to pick kids up from lunch.  Everyone works on a schedule and if one person doesn't follow, it can throw off everyone.  I would suggest giving an extra five minutes for everything just to make sure you are on time.  You will get judged as a new teacher.  In other words "People talk".  You do not want the rep for being tardy all of the time.
I would suggest finding a teacher mentor at your school.  It is important to have a person that you can go to for help and to get answers from.  I can remember asking so many questions.  I had a mentor teacher that was able to help me out a lot.  I would find a buddy that is on my team, a new teacher buddy, and just be friendly and meet all the people at your school.
I made so many mistakes my first year.  You just have to laugh at yourself and keep going.  Although this is my 7th year I am still nervous and will probably still make mistakes.
It seems like everyday we get called to a meeting or there is a schedule change.  It takes a lot of flexibility to change around your plans and do something else.
So now it is your turn to give some advice to new teachers.  Please visit the posts of others!
Happy SUNDAY!!


  1. GREAT advice! And a great topic for this week! Can't believe you go back so soon! I hope it goes smoothly for you!

    Thanks for hosting!

    Sticky Notes & Glitter: A First Grade Adventure!

  2. We have similar advice! oh lord, I know I made mistakes but I know it has made me a better teacher because of it! And you are so right about being on time! I always try to be on time because I know how it does throw everyone else off! Great linky topic!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  3. What a great idea to offer advice. This is my 9th year teaching and I still love hearing what everyone else's advice is. I am always learning and needing to be reminded.

    The Busy Busy Hive

  4. Thanks for doing this!! I linked up!!! I can't wait until next sunday!!


  5. What great advice...I can't believe you go back to school so early...but the benefit is at the end of the year when you get out earlier than most of us. I go back officially in two weeks. But will start going into my classroom to start getting it ready!! Have a great year!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  6. Great Linky! I loved reading what everyone had to say.

    Being Elementary in Middle School

  7. What a great linky party! I had fun participating :)

    Mrs. Thompson
    Adventures in Teaching (A First Grade Blog)

  8. This might be my favorite one yet because it applies to me so much! I will be bookmarking these to save for future reference! Your suggestions are fabulous!

    The Polished Teacher

    1. This was such a wonderful idea!! I wish that I could have had all this stellar advice when I first started teaching. Thank you for sharing. Your newest follower
      Courtney McBride

  9. Thank you so much for a wonderful Linky topic! I'm currently finishing my elementary education degree and I LOVED reading everyone's advice! I'm your newest follower! Hop on over to my blog =)

    Tales of an Education Major

  10. I can't believe you only have a week either!! We don't go back until September. You have some great advice. It is so important to make mistakes because they will make you a better teacher! :) We're all still learning, no matter how long we've been teaching!

    Enjoy your last few days of summer!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  11. A week! Aaahhh! That is too soon. I have three weeks, and I am going to relish in every minute. Ha! I have being wanting to join your Let's Get Acquainted linky for so long. I'm glad I finally did, even if it is late. I love the idea of advice for new teachers. It's was good to reflect on lessons learned, and bring them to the forefront as we head into a new year. Thanks!

    First Grade Wolves