Survival Guide for First Year Teachers

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Survival Guide for the First Year Teacher Presented by: Jimmy Knuuttila Kate McDermott Michelle Pound

The Interview

In this session…..

• • • First year teachers will learn the questions to ask.

Veteran teachers will learn how to assist first year teachers.

Administrators will learn more tools to prepare their first year teachers.

Leading Up to the First Day of School

Tips and Suggestions • • • • • Take a tour of the school building.

– Find the cafeteria, the gym, the nurse, the library, offices, etc… in relation to your own classroom.

Figure out your schedule and duties.

Find out where you will get your supplies.

Read the school handbook.

Ask questions!!!!!!

Asking Questions • • What is the discipline protocol for the school?

– Detention, demerits, silent lunch, weekend detentions, suspensions, etc.

• Who to call and when?

– Chain of command, discipline, colleagues.

How do I call out of work?

– Sick days, personal days, calling back in.

The Questions You Wouldn’t Know to Ask (or want to ask) • Where do I park my car?

• What entrance should I use?

• Where are faculty bathrooms?

• Where do I eat lunch?

The First Day of School • • • • • Greet your students.

– This is your first impression and opportunity to create positive relationships.

Post, review, and enforce classroom rules.

Create, practice, and maintain classroom procedures.

Classroom management is necessary.

Be consistent but flexible.

The Rest of the School Year • Legal obligations – Special Education plans, terms of use for technology and internet, student wellness, etc.

• Parent/guardian information – Know how to contact a guardian BEFORE you need to.

The Rest of the School Year • Resources – Guidance counselors, translators, administrators.

• Plan extra activities for students who finish early.

– Never have idle class time

Keeping Your Sanity • Find an ally, a mentor, a “go-to” person.

• Use your personal days and find “me” time.

• Know where and when you are most productive.

– At home, in school, time of day.

• Avoid negative/burned out teachers.

Improving Your Instruction • Observe other classrooms and teachers.

– Different teaching strategies.

• Steal ideas from other teachers.

• Take constructive criticism from peers.

– But be confident and find what works for YOU.

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