5 Tips for New Teachers
School's out for summer and thousands of kids and teachers are breathing a sigh of relief! But if you're new to teaching you are probably already thinking about how you can improve your skills and classroom environment. Beginning a job in an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar faces and maintaining an air of control can seem daunting.
Here’s 5 tips from experienced teachers who successfully survived and put the focus back on learning and fun in the classroom!
Get support from your peers. Find a mentor or peer teacher. Make good friends you can go to for advice and inspiration.
Get support from the parents. Communicate with parents. You’ll find they want to be involved and support your efforts in the classroom. Keep them up to date and let them know how they can assist!
Stay organized. Being organized is crucial to running an efficient classroom, especially when managing 100-plus students. Find a system that works for you and stick to it!
Use technology. The internet has numerous resources for teachers. Take advantage of the freebies and creative ideas! Browse Pinterest to see what other teachers are pinning. Take a tour of the Eiffel Tower using Google Earth. So many possibilities are at your fingertips.
Have fun! The key is to just do your best. Stay cool and calm and the fun will follow.
UCF Continuing Education is also passionate about supporting teachers with professional development and exam review programs!
Here's just a sample of helpful courses:
- Creating the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies for Success
- Harassment, Bullying & Cyber-Intimidation in Schools
- Integrating Technology in the Classroom
- Survival Kit for New Teachers
- Talented & Gifted: Working with High Achievers
- FTCE - Elementary Education K-6 Review
- FTCE - General Knowledge Review
- FTCE - Professional Review
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