Starting off your teaching career is an exciting, yet challenging time. There is so much to do and learn: new curriculum, new classroom, and lots of names to learn. The first year will definitely have its highs and lows, but it will all be worth it! Since the first year of teaching can be such a crazy time, I have compiled a list of 5 Tips for First Year Teachers!
1. Take time in (and out of) school to get to know your team.
These are the people you will lean on and learn from over the course of the year. They know the school, kids, and administration and they can help you navigate through your first year of teaching. Ask them questions when you are unsure of something, and ask them to come observe you and give you feedback. AND go observe them! Some of the best professional development comes from observing your teammates. It is also important to get to know your co-workers outside of the classroom—grab a drink with them, ask them about their weekend, or join a skeeball league, like a few of my co-workers and I did!