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Things To Expect As A First Year Teacher

What should you expect as a first-year teacher? Here's 8 things to expect in your first year of teaching.

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1. When you walk into your first day of class

Expectations: You're going to be an AMAZING teacher, a total natural. The years spent in your teacher preparation courses have totally paid off and your classroom is going to be amazing.

Expectations: You're going to be an AMAZING teacher, a total natural. The years spent in your teacher preparation courses have totally paid off and your classroom is going to be amazing.

2.

Reality: Your classroom management skills probably aren't as fully developed as you thought

Reality: Your classroom management skills probably aren't as fully developed as you thought

3. You're going to have to handle students who genuinely don't want to be in school

As a first year teacher this will be especially difficult because you are so enthusiastic about teaching. Try to find ways to identify with your students and make them want to learn!

4. "I'm going to make sure every single student LOVES me!!"

5. That plan backfires

You quickly realize that in order to be a "cool" teacher, you don't have many rules and quickly you loose their attention and no one is learning.

It's important to establish early on that the classroom can be both a fun and learning environment! Establish rules and procedures for activities such as lining up and passing back or handing in papers.

6. When someone asks you how much you make

Try not to punch them in the face. Seriously, just tell them to go look up Taylor Mali's slam poem

7. When you start talking like a little kid... Everywhere

Your family is really starting to get annoyed...

8. You find yourself wondering why no one watches Magic School Bus anymore

I mean it's probably the reason you wanted to be a teacher in the first place

I mean it's probably the reason you wanted to be a teacher in the first place

9. How to deal with the first time you feel overworked and underappreciated

Remember that you are a part of the most important professions in the world. You are responsible for shaping the lives of tomorrow's leaders!

Remember that you are a part of the most important professions in the world. You are responsible for shaping the lives of tomorrow's leaders!

10. But then you remember all the standardized tests you need to prep for

Your lesson plans...

11.

So now you're stressed, discouraged, AND feel overworked and underappreciated... You're sitting at your desk surrounded by a sea of papers to grade for the next state-mandated requirement when

So now you're stressed, discouraged, AND feel overworked and underappreciated... You're sitting at your desk surrounded by a sea of papers to grade for the next state-mandated requirement when

12. You remember the real reason you became a teacher

Just kidding... But having summers, holidays, and winter break off is a huge benefit

Just kidding... But having summers, holidays, and winter break off is a huge benefit

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