5 tips I’m excited to share with first-year teachers


Key points:

  • Seeking support from experienced teachers goes a long way in building confidence
  • Technology, student engagement, and balance are all key to a successful first year
  • See related article: 55 back-to-school tips and insights for a great year

I’ll never forget my first day as a teacher. I was so excited to begin my career teaching kindergarten students who were deaf or hard of hearing. My enthusiasm petered out when I saw green paint spilled all over my classroom. Overwhelmed and flustered, I hadn’t accounted for mishaps like this to be part of my lesson plan and was quickly faced with the realization that there were many things that happened in the classroom that weren’t accounted for in my lesson. Thankfully, one of my fellow teachers reassured me in the aftermath by saying, “You clean it up and try again tomorrow. Now you know not to put as much paint in the cup next time.”

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