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<ul><li> 1. 131 Tipsfor New Teachers Advice from the readers ofFree Technology for Teachers</li></ul><p> 2. Communicate with parents and dont overplan.gracelutheranschool.wordpress.comDont forget to be yourself and show them your personality.Kids and parents see right through the dog and ponyshow...so just be you take a deep breath and relax. No name submitted 3. My best advice for new teachers is to always have a backupplan.Twitter.com/lauratechBe consistent, firm and fair. When the bell rings come outteaching!My New Teachers page will help you:http://cybraryman.com/newteachers.html 4. Ask lots of questions and make lots of mistakes.RiptideIf you do not know..ask!It IS about the kids.The parents are important.Stay organised.Enjoy your job, it is the best in the world.no name submitted 5. Dont try to be perfect. Remember you know more than thestudents do. Try to sit in on other teachers classes andsee what you can learn. Finally, you will get better. Dontpanic.Robert Courtemanche - teachj.wordpress.comCurriculum can wait. Spend time building community andrelationships in your classroom. Once you do that, andestablish norms and routines, you can fly through thecurriculum.Ben K., @learnteachtech, htttp://learnteachtech.com 6. Get enough sleep!Strive for conceptual understanding, not just coverage. Besubversive if you have to!Ask your school librarian for help. Thats their job!your friendly neighborhood school librarianTake control of your distance education and/or traditionalcourses by having an intimate knowledge of your LMS. Takeresponsibility, break down that LMS barrier to learning andKNOW your LMS. Learn it, love it, use it.beebo_wallace 7. Be prepared. Have a plan for discipline infractions fromDAY 1. Follow it to the letter for the first two weeks. Kidswill get the message that you mean what you say and saywhat you mean. Call parents during the first week tointroduce yourself and you will get a feel for how supportiveand responsive your parents will be. Also, try to make timeto call for good things. That way when a negative phone callmust be made, you already have a rapport with the parent.Miss E 8. Your first year will be a throw away. Or seek help fromteachers who can teach you how to teach (and do what theysay). Your college classes were pointless when it comes toimplementation.Oh and you know nothing about teaching. Not one bit. Comeback to me in two-four years. Then you can be confident.jwrussell 9. Create an "absent box" where you place papers for absentstudents (with their name written on the top). Teachstudents to visit this box immediately upon return to class.No Name SubmittedConnect with your students, thats the most importantthing. Get to know them.Find a mentor. Someone you can learn with/from, someoneyou can talk to.Develop your PLN.Greta Sandler 10. Know your stuff, especially if you teach teenagers. They canspot a fake a mile away. Love what you teach. If you loveyour subject area, that love will inevitably rub off on yourstudents.http://www.nicksenger.comMy best advice: be consistent, be respectful of them (its a2-way street), be ready to listen when they want to talk toyou, be ready to share yourself with them, start off bybuilding a community where students can take risks and feelsafe, start an igoogle page set up with a google reader (orother) and develop a PLN. Lots more but this is enough tostart!Debra, @teacherdebra, www.learning-spaces.wikispaces.com 11. Pick one content area that you want to teach exceptionallywell. Tread water with the others, do them well, but donttry and teach them all like an expert. The next year, addanother. If you try and teach everything expertly, youllquickly be a candidate for burn out.yourkidsteacherDont be afraid to ask!!! Ask anything youre unsure aboutto other teachers. Asking questions IS NOT a sign ofinability or incompetence.cecilialcoelho 12. Read Diane Ravitchs book, The Death and Life of the GreatAmerican School System.ArtBe humble.Take advise and listen to those that have beenthere before you.Reach out to the parents and keep theminformed. Be careful of the politics of your new school anddont chose a side in haste.Try not to gossip. Be kind. Behelpful. Dont take on too much. Keep a journal of each day,note the good and the conflicts. Keep this record private incase you need it. Do not visit with the principal aboutcertain things without representation. Be positive, workhard, and be a continuous learner.marilynwinter1189 13. I am going into year seven. The PLN in where it is at. Educatorsnew (and old) need to connect themselves. I have learned over thepast year and a half the importance of being connected throughTwitter, RSS, and reading the work of edubloggers like yourself. Inaddition, write. Begin a blog yourself and write about yourthoughts, ideas, and questions. There is a tremendous communityout there ready to help and guide.Mike Meechin, @innovateed, www.innovateedu.orgYou know that look your mother could give you across acrowded room (or from up in the church choir) that couldimmediately squelch any thought of misbehavior? Go homeand practice that in the mirror. Youll need it, and yourvoice gets so tired sometimes!No Name Submitted 14. Get to know your librarian. They have great ideas andresources.Jennifer Smith - readjunkeeget your sleep...a first year can be physically and mentallydraining.Mr.GDont take it personal.No Name Sumbitted 15. Create a Google Doc (use Google Forms for this) survey tolearn about your students strengths, weaknesses, interests,likes. dislikes, family, etc. This will help you to differentiateinstruction, and to get to know your kids much better!mrmuzzdogGet to know two people in your school as soon as possible:the secretary and the custodian. These two support staffoften work behind the scenes to keep everything runningsmoothly and can be your most valuable resource.nshuman78 16. Now more than ever, allow yourself to learn from yourstudents and give them the opportunity to teach theirpeers.HelenWhen you hear "this is how we do things" dont be afraid toask "why?"Peter Lane, mrlane, mrlane.edublogs.orgBest tip for new teachers is to remember you are theirteacher!!! You are not a friend!No name submitted 17. Find the best teachers in your building and respectfullyrequest that you sit in their classes. Take notes, askquestions, watch their techniques. Get a feel for theirclassroom culture and apply it to your own classroompractice.Dont get sucked into the myth that somehow youre amartyr for accepting a teaching position. This isnt thearmy and you werent drafted. There will be poisonouspersonalities in your building. Avoid them at all costs.Focus on the children at all times. Always do what you feelis best for them.No Name Submitted 18. Classroom management should be your top priority. Afterthat everything else seems easy. Students like routine andknowing what to expect.EcarboniIf you are teaching at the Elementary or Middle Schoollevel, send home a weekly communication (email, etc.) toyour students and parents. They will love the updates andthe feeling of being connected to school. It will also allowyou to get out important reminders and class news all inone shot!mrsbadman13 19. Stay Calm!Choose Your Battles!Always Have A Backup Plan!brynspenceFind someone in your building that you can ask for help.And then ask for help when you need it! Keep in mind, it willget better!Ms. KapplerBuild relationships . . . with your students, parents,colleagues and administrators.SuzanneWhisler 20. Doing something for yourself every day after school thatmakes you happy. Learning when to put an end to yourschool day and realize you have a life outside of school.Dont live or count down for your summers off becausehaving the summer off isnt the reason why you became ateacher. Enjoy your students!Amy Boylen1 - Ask veteran teachers how things work at your school.2 - Ask veteran teachers how they handle classroommanagement, parents, and admin.3 - Do not sweat the small stuff.Mr. Thompson / New Mexico 21. Get to know ALL of your kids! We have a tendency to paythe most attention to our best and worst students, leavingthe "middle" kids in the shadows. Take care to make aconnection with every student - it will definitely pay offfor you, and them!sbell91Its ok to NOT know every answer. (Help students seehow you find answers and solve problems.)gardenglen 22. Be very, very, very patient!Everything is changing and everybody is lost, so you needpatience to deal with your students and their parents.MariaBe sure to take into account your students differentlearning styles. To do so, try questionnaires for thatpurpose. Youll find them on the net. Then you could planyour lessons in a way to cater for the mosaic of learningstyles you have in the classroom.Arbi 23. Think twice before being a teacher. Its very tiresome andfrustrating. Its becoming very hard to work as a teacher,so think twice before starting!SandraAlways have a alternate lesson plan in mind, because whatworks with one group of kids one day may not work withanother group of kids.No Name Submitted 24. Give parents the following assignment @ orientation or onthe 1st day of school: "In a million words or less....describeyour child." This is a very effective way for parents to havean opportunity to give you both the positives &amp; negativesabout their childs personality, learning styles, ect.Students LOVE the fact that their parents have anassignment on the first day. Parents usually respond with aminimum of 3 paragraphs. This assignment helped me learnnames faster, as well as gain a perspective about each childin a short amount of time. Can work with all grade levels; Idid it at the middle school level.headen_cj 25. Its okay to not know everything. In fact, its sometimesbetter: Ive found that Socratic irony (where the teacherprofesses to be [and, in some cases, actually is] ignorant)leads to authentic and rigorous inquiry in ways thatstudents guessing what the teacher already knows nevercould.mr_blackstoneAsk if you need help. Dont be shy. Weve all been there.Most teachers are very helpful to new teachers...besides wewant to learn from you too!http://kbkonnected.tumblr.com/ 26. I have more than one tip: Be firm, fair, and consistent. Dont tryto become friends with your students. Learn about your incomingstudents from their past teachers, but keep an open mind becausevery year should be a fresh start. Dont hang around thecomplainers and whiners. Instead, find a veteran teacher who mostclosely resembles the kind of teacher you want to become andlearn from them. Get involved in your school community, butremember to take time for yourself to avoid burn out. Spend thefirst few weeks modeling and practicing your expectations andprocedures(and follow-through). It pays off in the end. Above all,remember that youre entering one of the most challenging, yetrewarding careers a person can have. It wont be easy, but imaginethe lives you will touch:)Tricia @ http://differentiate-with-technology.wikispaces.com 27. Get organized and stay organized. Train your students(any age!) to put things away correctly. This will save youso much time!Set aside time at the end of each day to de-clutter yourdesk and put materials in their proper place. When youwalk in the next morning, you will be able to focus andmove forward.No Name SubmittedStay calm!http://pintman.blogspot.com 28. Have back up work ready in case any of your lesson fail.That way you can regroup but the students are kept busy(I use to make vocabulary word searches, crosswordpuzzles, textbook scavenger hunts, etc.)www.sciencenotebooking.blogspot.comOverplan. It is better to have too much and have to leavesomething for the next day then not to have enough tokeep students engaged. Its good classroom managementas well because if/when students are engaged in a lesson,they cant be getting into trouble.http://powerlibrarian.blogspot.com/ 29. Cultivate a sense of humour, be kind to your students andyourself, and make time to reflect.Margot LavelleSeek answers from experienced teachers and youradministration, they are not the enemy but wish to seeevery teachers succeed. It doesnt matter what youteach, it only matters what students learn.gormang usd344supt.blogspot.com 30. Find a friend in another teacher and shareexperiences/ask for help. But avoid the teachers lounge -the bitchers and moaners hang out there, and youll getnothing to support you there.francesbloAsk colleagues for advice with planning. There is a wealthof proven ideas in all schools. You dont have to reinventthe wheel. A sense of ownership is important but so is yoursocial life.No Name submitted 31. Assign Seats.No Name SubmittedOrganization...color code everything, use one papercalendar and one electronic calendar (phone or computer)to keep track of deadlines and meetings, file things rightaway.Rae DownenMake friends with the custodial and secretarial staffs.They will be very important, and vital, resources!No Name Submitted 32. Be organized. A place for everything and everything in itsplace.No name submittedDo not take the closest parking spots to the door. Thoseshould be kept open for those teachers w/ seniority orphysical issues.No name submitted 33. Take time to build community along with kicking off yourfirst unit of study.sapereaudeMake sure to have a behaviour management plan(something that is reasonable, with natural consequences)and be willing to follow through with it. Allowing thestudents to have input into the plan will ensure theirunderstanding, co-operation and ownership.No name submitted 34. Make sure that the students know that you are in charge. Iwork in a big urban district, and if the students can seethat you are unsure of yourself, you will have a LONG year.Once you get that out of the way, things will become a heckof a lot easier!!Matt F. 35. On the first day of school, avoid going over the syllabus.Give your students a taste of what it will be like to be inyour class. There will be plenty of time to review yourpolicies. Its very important to set the tone from day 1 ofwhat your class will be like. Since I teach Spanish, I willconverse with the students about what they like and dontlike to do. I believe in personalizing my class and gettingto know them that first week, which always results inbetter behaved students. And, when we do get around tothe syllabus, I make them take turns reading it to oneanother, rather than me reading it to them.catherineleon71 36. If you dont understand, ASK!If you do understand,PASS IT ON!teechabcWhen students want to argue with you (and some will),calmly tell them, "I am not going to argue with you," andwalk away. Dont let student get you to battle.Carol 37. First comes the person, then the pupil/student.sguilanaEverything is urgent.Ask for help to identify what is actually important &amp; justdo those things.(courtesy of my line manager, years ago when I returnedto teaching - I still operate like this.)...</p>