To All the First Year Teachers Out There…

For those of us in Georgia, we head back to school this week.  For me, this will be my 16th year teaching.  For my sister, she is embarking on her first year.  She will be teaching in a Georgia Pre-K class!  We went shopping together on Saturday and every time she would see something cute, she would gasp loudly in excitement!  I loved it!  It made me laugh at how new and excited and fresh she is.  I wanted to #firstyearteacher every time she did it!

This made me think.  What advice can I give to first year teachers?  What should they know before they walk into that classroom on the first day.  Here is my advice to new teachers:

  • The kids don’t care how cute the room is, that is mostly for us!
  • You can never be too prepared…over prepare and plan too many activities!
  • You will be nervous on your first day!  You will be continue to be nervous for many, many years!
  • The kids are just as nervous as you!
  • Make friends with the custodians…trust me!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!  Use those people around you!  It’s all about teamwork!
  • You can make a difference, a big difference if you will just show the kids how much you care.  You will be amazed at what they will tell you about their life…sometimes too much!
  • Laugh…a lot!
  • Smile…even when you don’t feel like it!
  • Write down stories as they happen.  I wish I had a book full of stories from all of my years teaching.  You are going to have so many great stories to tell!
  • You are enough!  You will NEVER feel like you are good enough but you are!  Just continue to do your best!

For all my teacher friends out there going back tomorrow and later this week.  Good Luck!  Don’t ever doubt what a difference you are making in children’s lives.  They NEED you.  Sometimes school is their safest place to go. Sometimes school is the place they feel they can be themselves.  Sometimes their teacher is one of the few people they feel love them.  Go in and treat every child you come in contact with like they are your own.  Treat them with love and respect and they will treat you the same way.

Have a great year!  If you are a teacher, leave me a comment with what year this is for you and if you have been teaching for a while, what advice would you give to new teachers?

To the world you may be just a teacher but to your students you are a hero!

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.