There are a thousand things that one needs to know to be a successful teacher. I wish I knew all of them, but I am still learning along the way. I have been teaching for seven years, and I have picked up a few important lessons along the way. Here are five tips for making your life as a teacher easier!
Make the right friends . Some people might think that the best person to be friends with at a school is the principal. Think again. The people that you need to make friends with right away are the secretaries and the custodians. They are secretly in charge of the school. Be nice to them, and your life will be much easier.
Make use of your students! If you teach in the elementary classroom, you have little helpers. Everywhere. Set up classroom jobs so that students take over responsibilities that might otherwise fall to you. Time is precious, and students like to take ownership in their room. If you put the students in charge of changing the date on the board, wiping down the counters, and passing out forms/flyers, you will gain yourself some extra time for grading papers or planning lessons.
Chocolate. Have chocolate out at parent-teacher conferences. Some students, and even some parents, are nervous to come to conferences. I find that offering up a little something sweet at the start of a conference can relax everyone.
Get a mentor . Some districts will provide you with one, and in others you may have to find one yourself. But find yourself a mentor. Look for someone who has worked in the school for a while and who has a wealth of knowledge about teaching. They can teach a lot of what you need to know in college courses, but some very valuable lessons and tips will come from veteran teachers.
Have sub plans ready . You never know when you will wake up your child to bring to day care, only to find that they have a fever and you are now staying home for the day. Have at least one day of sub plans that is ready to go in a folder on your desk, that can stand alone. This will save you from writing sub plans as you care for a sick one – your child or yourself.
Hope these tips help make your life as a teacher that much easier!
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