10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching
7. Don’t get sucked into doing too much outside of your class. But if you feel the need to be involved, do so with both feet. I did the best I could with Academic Team my first year of teaching, but in reality, the students deserved ten times the support I gave them.
8. Help other teachers. Because you’re going to need them. So much is beyond your control, and it is your relationship with your colleagues that will sustain you when you’re behind or confused. I focused so much on curriculum, instruction, and the students themselves that I neglected this part. If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
9. Reaching students emotionally matters. A lot. Relationships start with being authentic to students and helping them to feel understood–not respect, clear rules, and seating arrangements. Yay for having things completely backward!
10. Literacy is everything for academic performance. If students struggle with reading and writing, everything else is a challenge.
10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching was originally published in TeachThought.