10 Must-Know Tips For New Teachers

If you’re new to teaching, the end of the summer may bring more than chills from the cooler air. If it is your first time with a classroom of your very own, it can be a little nerve wracking. It is important to remember that every teacher starts out in the same place – new – and learns by doing as they go. And that isn’t just limited to the first year of teaching, either. You can always learn from your colleagues (no matter how long you’ve been on the job) and you’re likely to find that your students teach you things more often than you may want to admit.

As you saw in the post from earlier today, there are a ton of resources especially for new teachers floating around out there. Sometimes though, it is useful to simplify and just remember a few basic things: which is what the gist of the handy infographic below is getting at. What tips would you offer new teachers? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.

Tips for New Teachers

  • Have clear goals and a big vision for students to learn and achieve at high levels
  • Deny yourself and students the option of failure
  • Celebrate successes and reward students with activities that enhance their learning
  • Learn and grow every day
  • Kick start students’ thinking by beginning class with a provocative statement
  • Use students’ strengths in knowledge and behavior to help them learn
  • Incorporate into your lessons physical and social activities as well as intellectual activities
  • Consider joining a mentor program or teacher’s union
  • Share with students the strategies you use yourself
  • Be flexible and respond to students’ learning needs

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