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being a new teacher, I've made these...
Posted by:newpalmetto #141504

What are the top 10 mistakes new teachers make?

You can copy and paste this.....

1. Not asking questions when you need help. Take advice and don't rewrite the wheel
2. Biting off more than you can chew- wanting to be involved in so many things when I really just needed to be able to get through the day
3. Starting every great idea you hear of immediately after learning about them-I would hear about the next new thing and try and start it the next Monday morning
4. Being too easy in regards to discipline
5. Inconsistency in regards to pretty much everything
6. Coming too early and staying too late-you need to have personal time!
7. Spending time, energy and money on things that weren't really worth it- I feel it's more important to have strong academics and lesson plans than having a...

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Planning
Posted by:mamahawk #141505

Sit down and write out a year long plan. Include holidays, special school events, Christmas play practice, parent teacher conferences, minimum days, etc. Ask a colleague for help with this. Someone who's been around long enough to know and share all those activities that aren't on the regular schedule. Many a new teacher has been thrown for a loop by all these "events". And be advised that after each of the holidays and "events" you're going to have to review and reteach procedures again.

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10 mistakes
Posted by:AZ Teacher #141506

I supervised out district's new teacher mentor program for 15 years...Here's what I experienced.

New teachers have just gone throught the interview process where they have to sell their capabilities. ( I can do this...I'm going to be a great teacher...You should hire me...I know what I'm doing...) It's hard for them to then show their weaknesses and needs. It's hard to admit that they don't have all the answers. Do any of us? Biggest obstacle to helping teachers was getting them to open up to asking for help or accepting suggestions for improvement. This is sometimes complicated by veteran teachers who mentor new teachers and think they know it all. It must be a collaborative relationship where teachers learn from each other.

Second, biggest mistake is not establishing discipline from the beginning. Yes, they often want to be friends with...

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just one
Posted by:Go Gators #141507

I don't think I saw this one while I skimmed the other answers:

Not documenting enough (phone calls, grades, communication, behavior) to support an argument. For example, when a parent calls into question a failing grade/class many new teachers wouldn't have a copy of some failed work, copies of notes sent home to discuss the failing grade, and what they did to help student pull grade up.

Also documenting interventions used on a student before they bring it to a student committee to consider testing for special education.

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Still pretty new
Posted by:cardinallady #141508

I'm getting ready to start my third year of teaching so I'm still pretty new to this, but wanted to offer things I've learned.

The first one is to not be their friend. I'm actually hoping to be a much better job at this starting in August.

The second one is to ask. Find a teacher, your mentor or someone else, that you can go to for advice and never hesitate to ask anything. I love my mentor teacher and am SOOOO thankful to have had her.

The third one to me is the most important in my opinion. Prayer. Those kids can fight a teacher all they want, but they can't fight prayer. I plan to take time every morning starting in August and praying over my room. We just don't know what some of the kids go through at...

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Tips
Posted by:phantomteach #141509

1. Start organizing your thoughts: Curriculum-find out what you are going to be teaching, and go pick up your teacher's manuals if you can. Find out about what your schedule will be like, so you can plan your day.

2. Start organizing your classroom: There are a wealth of good websites that can give you very specific info. about how to set up your classroom. Ask on one of the boards here, if you need info. about the best sites.

3. Start organizing the extra things: Behavior plan, center ideas, what you will be doing the first day/weeks, supplies needed, etc.



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Posted by:TuesdayBear #141510

1. Get to know the people in your grade-level team. Establish a good relationship with at least 1 of them so that you have someone to go to if you need help or advice. This person can also help you get acquainted with your curriculum, school policies, etc.

2. Establish a behavior management system. Make sure you check to see if there is a school-wide or grade-level-wide system. Write out your rules and consequences, and run them by your principal to make sure he/she is on board with it. Train your class in the rules. Role-play if necessary. Do this for at least the first week. And then stick by the rules and consequences you have set in place. Be consistent.

3. Figure out your class procedures, etc. What will your homework be? How will you collect it? What will the consequence be for not...

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Posted by:Kermit #141511

Focus more on your curriculum than a theme in the classroom. I know it's tempting to decorate and make your room cute, but parents will care more about what the kids are learning and most likely the P will care that the kids are meeting the standards.

Decorate lightly and don't spend too much money on cutesy things like BB decorations and things like that. Often they move you around and you change rooms and levels a lot in the first few years. If you end up spending your own $ purchase games, centers and useful things for the kids to DO! This will be more beneficial for the kids than a cute room decor.

I decorate easily by choosing a couple of colors for the room (mine is light green and light blue) this creates uniformity, but I don't have to worry about keeping...

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Posted by:dmamec #141512

1. Take the time to build community and trust in the classroom. Remember that kids (and adults!) learn better if they feel safe and cared for...

2. Remember that what you see with kids and their behavior is only 1/2 the story...you might see a child not paying attention--they may be hungry or lonely or hurt. Try to get to the core of problems without dismissing the child as lazy or ADD, etc.

3. Remember that all kids learn differently and at different paces and be prepared to find some easy ways to engage the strong students and support the struggling ones.


It's the best job in the world.

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Posted by:luvinlife #141513


Don't forget to take time for yourselves. A burned out teacher is not usually the best teacher for students. Take time outside of school to do what you are interested in.
Find a system of organizing things that works for you, is simple, and fast, and get all of your forms and essential paperwork under control.
Find a buddy teacher, someone that has some experience, does a good job, and will help you when you need it. Go to them when you have questions and concerns and let them help you. You aren't supposed to know everything! Sometimes you just need to ask questions and let someone else help you figure things out.

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Posted by:audriana #141514

Teach procedures. Model procedures. Teach procedures. You may feel like you are wasting valuable instructional time, but it will save so much time in the long run. It takes more than just one time to teach them.


Find a mentor. If your school doesn't provide one, befriend someone on your grade level. It's nice to have someone who knows how things are done at your building. When you are new, you really don't know what you don't know, so how can you ask. A mentor will keep you up to speed on all those "little" things that can pile up in a hurry.


Make time for you. It's easy to be overwhelmed in this profession. If you are out of balance, you can't do the best job for your students.

*Most importantly, remember to find one thing each and every...

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good advice another tip
Posted by:treetoad #141515

The first day I show the children my "in" box and show them what they are taking home to bring back and where to put it. I show them both hands up in the air which means I won't take it put it in the box. The next day when they try tohand me something I put both hands up and say put it in the box. doesn't take long. Mine sits beside our classroom mascot (bear) so we call it Mr. Bears Box.

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3 tips
Posted by:Jalon #141516

1. Focus on classroom management. All the great lessons and ideas you have will not be effective if you don't have a handle on the classroom. Be firm, consistent and fair. This doesn't mean you are mean! It's far easier to loosen up later than to try to tighten up your ship later.

2. Learn to prioritize and that may mean you need to talk to a mentor teacher or someone you work well with in your building to learn what you should focus on and when (like curriculum notebooks, etc.). Stay on top of paperwork but DON'T let it overwhelm you! Ask for help if you need it!

3. Send out good, positive energy and show confidence (even if you're shaking like jello on the inside!). Students will pick up on your calm, positive demeanor and it will reflect across the classroom. If you are...

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Top 3
Posted by:jockel #141517

1. Find a colleague that you trust. This is your go to person. The person who you ask questions, vent, learn about the school culture. No matter how embarrassed you are, ASK! I had a mentor who was evaluating me. She was helpful but I needed a colleague who I could go to without being judged.

2. Beware and avoid the gossip. There is plenty of it in schools. Teachers, parents, staff...there are some people who just keep it going. Just know that most of the time it is the "Gospel according to Mrs.____" and she does not have the full story. You can believe that sooner or later, you will become the topic of someone's gossip. Let it go.

3. It will be here tomorrow. Establish a time that you will leave every day. New teachers (and some not so new!) spend a lot...

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Three prayers for you. . .
Posted by:litprof #141518

For all of our beginning teachers, I pray that. . .

:) you will respect, honor, accept, and love each student that comes your way. They are depending on you to be a secure, steady, and loving rock in their lives.

:)you will receive the gifts of patience, understanding, and perseverence. Be kind. Be positive. Be fun and funny. You are a role model for our young people.

:)you will pass on the gift and legacy of being lifelong learners, readers, and writers so that our students may pass on the same to their children.

Blessings on you as you begin a new year. May you be energized and inspired. Thank you for becoming a teacher!

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Posted by:stretchberry #141519


Learn to use Mail Merge. There are many tutorials online for teaching yourself. It will save you lots of time.
Don't gossip or whine about students, other teachers/staff, or the admin. to anyone. If someone tries to engage you, change the subject.
Pray for students, other teachers/staff, the admin., and yourself. It will make a difference.
Bonus: Keep visiting ProTeacher. You'll find lots of great ideas and support here. :):s) Have a fabulous year! :s)


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Posted by:volstate #141520

1. Even if a parent intimates you, don't show it. They seem to thrive off this with new teachers.

2. Don't think you have to know it all, don't think your dumb, don't be afraid- Ask questions.

3. Document, document, document

I just have to add a number 4.

4. Copy or save any item that is to be turned into someone. Principals are human and sometimes they loose things.

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