Judy Imamudeen from Vientiane, Laos wrote on July 18, 2017 at 7:10 am:
No one is an amazing teacher at first. Pick a target, which I suggest is developing real connections to your students, and get good at it. Then pick another target to focus on around the curriculum. Bit by bit, you will get better. I promise. Be patient with yourself.
I really like this advice Chris, particularly since the June focus for the Innovative Teaching Academy is building the habits for Innovation and ways to work smarter, not harder. From week 10, Angela Watson's take away: "Give yourself permission to do fewer things better."
My advice for new teachers would be to keep it simple. You probably have a lot of things you want to implement. Start with a few that you are confident you can do well. Add to that as you master the first few. There will surely be mistakes, so starting with a few new ideas may save you some time and sanity.
Thanks so much for taking the time to share your post with our new teachers! #AppreciateYou!
David from Elizabethtown wrote on June 13, 2017 at 9:31 pm:
Here's a link to a blog post I recently composed for all the new teachers that I know who are starting their teaching careers in the Fall of 2017. Hope it resonates with you as well. https://tkslibrarian.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/dear-first-year-teacher/
Thanks so much for sharing Julie! This is great advice...love your #growthmindset message and the reminder to share and to reflect.
Julie Devine from Glen Mills wrote on June 10, 2017 at 11:14 am:
New Teachers - Take time to learn from your colleagues but don't be afraid to share what you have to offer. Always take time to reflect on what's working and how you can change things that aren't. it's ok to fail, get back up and try again.