first day yikes

Discussion in 'Secondary Education' started by lark265, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. lark265

    lark265 Rookie

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    Jun 11, 2018

    I started teaching a Special Education high school classroom today - eight male students on the Autism spectrum. Many behaviors, self-control issues, etc. Anyway, it was tough today. I had planned (or thought so) for the day. I thought I had planned for each moment of my class (today I taught I a 1.5 hour Geography class). But I was mistaken. It was, like one assistant said, like "herding cats." I knew I had lost control. Talk-outs, students yelling out, talking to each know the drill. Crappy classroom management. Afterwards, I got plenty of input from other teachers, assistants..... It helped, but boy was I feeling like crap. I have been teaching for a while now and feel that I "should" have done better. OK, enough self-demeaning. My co-teacher had good advice: "Use your teacher voice. You are the Master of Ceremonies. Plan better." I don't like not succeeding. Not fun. Now I know....
  3. creativemonster

    creativemonster Comrade

    Aug 29, 2006
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    Jun 14, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    What do you feel worked really well? Hang in there. Be kind to yourself. Trust that having room for improvement does not mean you are stuck where you were on your first day.

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