| Ladybird0724 wrote:|
finding a mentor teacher is extremely helpful. sometimes they can be your biggest support system.
don't let the kids run over you. they can smell fear
Totally agree with the bold.
I was in the same situation. I graduated college Dec. 2009 and was offered a job the day before my graduation (which was a blessing). Thankfully, since I was hired before public schools let out for Christmas, i was able to go and meet some of the teachers and the kids. The county was awesome with giving me materials (curriculum, pacing guides, resources) to help me get started. The teacher I was replacing was retiring so she left me ALLLLLLL of her ish dating back to 1987. The other social studies teacher for 8th grade also told me where they would be starting in the curriculum when I returned so i could kind of prep myself before the break.
Even with all of that I was nervous as all hell. I was 22, about to teach 13-16 y/o, and had never dealt with kids on my own. But I pushed through it, and that was my best teaching experience so far.
1. Just start firm ( not ridiculously strict where if a kid breathes wrong you put them out) but set guidelines, rules and expectations from the jump and don't waiver from them. Stay consistent.
2. YOU ARE NOT THEIR FRIEND!!!!!!! It's not your job to be liked, but be respected. And show them respect as well. They will test you every chance they get. Trust me, but don't let them see you sweat. Yelling gets you no where. I haven't yelled since my first year teaching. Saying what you mean, and ending the conversation always works best.
3. Structure is key. Keep a routine so that they are aware of what they are supposed to do each and every day they set foot in your classroom. This comes with keeping yourself organized as well. Everything can't be for a grade, I promise you'll kill yourself.
4. KEEP RECORDS OF ALL PARENT CONTACT!
5. Leave work at work. Do not let any of it come out of the building with you.
6. Make it fun for yourself as well. Let your personality show, and they will naturally draw to you.
I'm not certified in science (only language arts and social studies). But I know of several sites you can pull materials from. I even go back and pull some assignments I did in college or in high school. If you ever need any advice, Just send a PM.