Being a new teacher is overwhelming. How about a few tips and resources to help the new teachers you support at your school or district?
- Establish the classroom rules along with your students. Brainstorm ideas using RapidFire with Inspiration (www.inspiration.com).
- Share something personal about yourself so your students feel comfortable sharing something about themselves.
- Establish the classroom climate — the look and feel of your room. You can start out with a more controlled environment and then lead to an environment that is more like controlled chaos when you and your students have developed a good relationship.
- Learn not only each student's name but as much as you can about them so you can differentiate instruction to meet all of their needs.
- Find a friend or colleague to ask for help or just to offer a shoulder.
- Build your students' self-esteem using suggestions from Vermont-NEA's "7 ideas to help build students' self-esteem" (http://www.vtnea.org/ti-2.htm).
- Become good friends with the school secretary and custodian.
- Keep students busy and engaged.
- Keep a journal and reflect on your experiences.
- Beginning Teacher's Toolbox
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Submitted by: Barbara Bray
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