With the term almost coming to an end, many soon-to-be-teachers are preparing for their new career. I remember myself when I was going through that stage- I was both excited and terrified at the same time. If you are at least a bit like me, you ideally want to know it all before you even start. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anyone in my surrounding who would be from the field of teaching, therefor I had to learn and realize many things on my own. These are 3 things every new teacher should know.
#1 Set boundaries- you can’t wear that teacher hat 24/7
I know I talk about this quite often but that’s just because it is so essential that I can’t even stress it enough! If you are just starting out, take a piece of paper and write down what boundaries are super important for you- those you should never cross. Wonder what mine are?
- Personal life
- My mental health
- Teaching in a way I enjoy
#2 Keep on learning, accept advice and ask for help
Teaching helps you to learn constantly. I know it may sounds like a cliché but it is true. Never stop learning and educating yourself since it can prevent you from a burnout! Accept advice from your teacher friends and don’t hesitate when you feel like you need a helping hand. Your fellow teachers used to be in the same position as you right now, they know what it feels like.
#3 You don’t have to sweat blood to have great lessons
Having someone you can look up to or feel inspired by is essential. Luckily, there is a number of teachers who share or sell their teaching materials, and trust me when I say- this is often a life saver! Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love lesson planning and trying new teaching methods, working on my teaching style, however, sometimes there are those days when finding ideas online (or among your colleagues) is a huge help.
EXTRA PERSONAL TIP:
Become a part of a community that understands you! Finding the right people who support you in your job feels great and sometimes this is exactly what brings smile back on your face after long day/week. If you don’t know about any communities yet, try our Bright teaching club community that you can join by clicking here! Once you are in, you automatically get a helping hand in a form of a motivational journal that will allow you to focus on your gratitude every single day🖤.
Like or comment for part 2, my dear teacher friend✨.