This past school year I was asked to be a part of our school's mentoring team. It was the first year they had actual teachers mentoring our first year teachers.
This past week, I spoke at a Summer Symposium for all of the new hires in our school's complex. I was asked to share some tips with them in opening up the school year and to answer any questions the teachers had.
So today I would like to share with you the 5 tips I have for any new/beginning teachers.
Routines and Procedures
In order to have a successful school year, it is so important to establish routines and procedures for EVERYTHING. Know what you want done and how you want it done.
Be sure to clearly communicate these expectations to your students so they know exactly what you expect!
Creating posters with your students and modeling these expectations are extremely helpful.
It is important to remain consistent throughout the year! Be consistent in your expectations of behavior, routines, procedures, and consequences. Consistency is key when it comes to classroom management!
If you don't follow through with what you say you will do, your students will not follow through on what they are expected to do.
Planning and Flexibility
Always have a plan for how your day will go! Know what you need to teach and have the materials prepared for your day's lesson.
Students can pick up on when a teacher is
unprepared, and they will take full advantage of it!
With this, also learn to be flexible! Things will
always come up throughout the day or a lesson may not go as planned….and it’s okay!!
Reflection is an important key in order to help
yourself to become a better teacher! Some
great questions to ask yourself are:
- What went well during my lesson?
- What could I have done to make it better?
- What did the students have a difficult time with?
- How could I improve?
- What will I do differently the next time?
Reflection at the ending of the school year is also important.
Think about your year and choose one area that you feel you would like to really work on and improve in the upcoming school year. Find some professional development books, do some research online, and read blogs about that topic!
Learn to become a good listener! By listening to your students, you can learn a lot about how to improve your teaching as well as how to engage them in learning!
Also, be open to hearing how other teachers teach. You can learn many new things from your coworkers!! Ask them how they teach a science lesson you may be struggling with or if your students aren't understanding how you're explaining a math concept-ask for new ideas!
Another great way to learn new things is through reading educational blogs. I can honestly say that I would not be the teacher I am today if it weren't for blogs.
I hope that these 5 tips can be helpful to you or a new teacher that you know!
If you are interested in sharing these tips with new teachers at your school- I have a free PDF download available for you here.