I remember my first day in front of my own students. I remember feeling terrified. I remember feeling inadequate, and completely intimidated. I was really lucky my first year teaching. I only had to work as a substitute teacher for 2 months before I found myself with my own classroom. Those stories are for another day, however. Today I want to tell you about my first year in my first classroom.
completely ELL, which was also something that I was struggling to get my head around. Most of these children, although born here, did not speak English at home. It was also a Kindergarten class. My training had been in Grades one and two. Fortunately, I had spent many days in those 2 months of substituting in a variety of Kindergarten classrooms in my district, so I had lots of ideas, just minimal experience.
specific, and I used it to guide my planning and lessons for the rest of the year.
guidance. So I enrolled in an Early Childhood Certificate program at the local University. This helped me somewhat, but I also found an excellent mentor my second year teaching and she really saved my tail if you know what I mean.
If you are a new teacher, remember that all of us teachers started somewhere, and most of us remember our first days. Nobody is perfect. One piece of advice I’d like to offer is to be open to all suggestions. You don’t need to follow this advice, but you should at least listen to the ideas of more experienced teachers. Just because someone is older and they don’t relate to you on a personal level doesn’t mean they don’t know a lot about teaching. Something that contributed to my struggles as a beginning teacher was my resistance to advice from older teachers. I call it the “arrogance of youth”. I thought I knew a lot, when in fact I knew very little. I only know that now in retrospect.
hope you have a great one. Remember that all of us started out somewhere and there is nothing more rewarding than that look in a child’s eye when they finally “get it”. And there’s no better job in the world than teaching to experience it.