Being a new teacher isn’t easy. Sometimes, it downright scary, intimidating, and exhausting. Other times, it’s downright wonderful, rewarding, joyful, hilarious and nuturing. Welcome to education.
Beautiful advantages await those teachers who have insight and refuse to give up the work it takes for not only their students to grow but them to grow as well.
- Being a new teacher allows you to stay open and stay teachable.
NEVER lose this characteristic. I still find all sorts of ideas and new things I can apply to education and my own personal life. Much of the reason why I have made it as long as I have in education and still have the audacity to still care about it is because I listened. I didn’t come in blazing and acting like I knew everything. The teachers who taught with me who were novices and acted like they knew everything ended up miserable, deeply humbled or got angry and eventually left the profession.
Those of us who accepted respectful correction with the right intentions and support in our first few years made it and survived. A number went on to be administrators, etc. Whether you want to be administrator or enjoy the beauty and adventure of the classroom is entirely up to you. Neither is better than the other.
I do personally recommend you teach at least 4 -5 years (4 years only if you are strong teacher) before you consider being a school administrator or leadership position on a campus etc. I know many district and other entities say 2 years, but I honestly believe that is NO where near enough experience to lead a campus, district or any other educational organization or department. You may have “potential” but there are certain things you just don’t get until you have taught at least 4 or more years. Stay teachable until then.
2. You tend to value students more and truly treasure their growth.
When I first taught, I marveled at everything they did that was kind, adorable and giving. Their answers made me laugh. When they cried to me about something that hurt them, it almost wanted to make me cry too. Don’t lose this either. As with anything, time can make anything redundant and almost irritating.
Also find new ways to refresh the rapport with your students. You are not their friend, make that clear in the beginning, but they always need to know you care and are proud of every success and growth. As a former, passionate colleague once told me– EVERY.child.has.value. Never forget it.
You, my friend, are at an advantage. Remember, the same fire within you when you taught on the first day of school your first year? Stoke the embers and keep the fire blazing. It will truly inspire you and your students for years to come.
Stay in the Light–
© The Educator’s Light 2019
What are ways you are “stoking the embers” of your teaching experience? Comment below!