As the new school year begins, the profession has many new teachers embarking on their careers in the classroom. As you think back to the time when you were a "new" teacher, what would you have liked to know then that you know now?
Richard Byrne who writes for Free Technology for Teachers, has two slideshows that provide many tips for new teachers that were supplied by his readers.
What words of wisdom do you have to share in addition to the tips available in the two slideshows?
New teachers: Have a great year!
I saw an interesting article published by Common Sense Media titled, "Back-to-School Questions Asked and Answered" that lists basic questions posed by parents who are trying to figure out how to manage their children's technology needs at school and at home. A number of these questions make good discussions for teachers and administrators as well as parents.
What do you think of this list? Do you have questions you would add to the ones mentioned in this article?
How can this article guide a teacher in the classroom?
These are outstanding suggestions for new teachers!
To "piggyback" a bit...yes,the librarian, custodial and secretarial staff are essential friends to have...BUT, don't forget the technology team and guidance counselors!
It is important for the tech team to know who you are and understand your needs. The guidance counselors are a font of knowledge about the school community and individuals.
Your ESL and Bilingual teachers are also important in helping you understand students and families -especially regarding communication.
Most imortantly, remember that: Kindness is "Katching"!
I am glad you found the suggestions helpful. I also wholeheartedly agree to your additions of support staff and ESL and Bilingual teachers who are important in the life of a school. Really it takes an entire school "team" effort to ensure that students have the best possible learning environment for success.
I think you are right: communication and kindness are key ingredients in helping everyone work together.
Thanks for your comments.
Hi Lynne Hoffman,
When I was a new teacher I had a mentor teacher who helped me learn more about communication and kindness. We talked a lot at lunch, and sometimes met outside of school to talk. We are still good friends today! It helped everyone work together to make the best possible learning environment.
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