More Advice for New Teachers

While many new teachers enter their classrooms for the first time this week, we wanted to share some of the best advice that educators have shared as a part of our 5 Questions series.

Below are several responses:

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Ask lots of questions. Asking questions doesn’t make you look unintelligent; quite the opposite is true, actually. @mmorriswrite

The advice I would give to young teachers is to stick with it.  Teaching can be hard, and even grueling and frustrating at times, but it can also be the most inspiring and rewarding profession. @pattyvreilly

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Your students have much more capacity to do important and beautiful work than you imagine; if you create a classroom culture that is absolutely strict in respect, kindness and commitment to quality, you can give students significant responsibility to lead their own learning and manage the classroom themselves. @RonBergerEL

My advice to young teachers is the same as my advice to my students- care.  It’s my number one priority.   If you care about your students, you’ll find a way to succeed and if you don’t care enough, find another occupation quick and save yourself time. @timneedles

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There are going to be thousands of rules that you will need to follow once you become a teacher, but don’t let that stop you from being who you are.  You are entering the profession with the latest research, progressive pedagogy, and a head full of creative ideas.  Don’t let obstacles get in the way of good teaching! @PaulSolarz

Teaching is such a hard occupation, no one should try do it alone. Therefore, it’s important for teachers to seek out others at their school to share ideas and offer support. In addition to building these face-to-face relationships, teachers need to network globally. Through Twitter teachers can seek out and find groups of professionals who share their passions for any particular subject (there are hashtags for every content area). @LisaEickholdt

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Don’t be discouraged by the onslaught of ever-changing curriculum and methodologies. Don’t let them stifle your creativity just the same way you wouldn’t want your students to stifle theirs. Discover what you have to offer to make your classroom unique and their classroom experience memorable. @egreggious

Be resolved! Be brave! Stand up for student learning. Stand up for what you value. Be sure you value the right things. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and learn from them. Choose your mentors carefully and surround yourself with dedicated others. Don’t waste time on people or things that sap your commitment to do your best work for students. @DrMaryHoward

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