When did you stop feeling "new?"

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  1. Croissant

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    Thank you all! I've had a lot of friends tell me it all kind of clicks in your third year as well. I feel very comfortable with the people I work with, and we all get along great. They've never really talked down to me as a newer teacher. In fact, many of them come to me for advice/venting/solutions. By about the second week of my first year I was having to remind them that I didn't know what "we did last year." It's just the teaching aspect :lol: The reasoning behind the third year thing makes sense. A friend and I who started together joke that we're repeating our first year this year because we're doing so many thing differently. Maybe by next year we'll have it figured out.
     
  2. TamiJ

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    Exactly the same year. By year three I had it down. Now in year four I am in a new school with new curriculum and a new grade, so lots of learning happening this year!
     
  3. Ilovesummer

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    I remember really feeling settled and sure of myself starting in my 3rd year. Then, for year 5, I moved to a new school and new grade level and felt like a first-year teacher all over again. Luckily, that feeling only lasted one year that time. This is now year 8 (4th year at the second school) with no plans to change anytime soon, and I'm really enjoying being very comfortable and experienced where I am.
     
  4. JustMe

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    The "new" feeling wore off after a few months. That didn't mean I knew it all and did everything beautifully perfect, but years later and I still don't. Of course the entire year I was learning how the school handled this or that, but that's a little different.
     
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    hiiiiiiiii
     
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    This is my 7th year... and the first year I feel like I have a groove. But of course, it's also the first year I didn't have a new prep/grade level added to my schedule.

    But then there are times when I have a mountain of papers to grade, lesson plans to write, papers to copy, phone calls to return, something to read about the CCSS... I sit back and wonder when I'll ever get the hang of things.
     
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    This is my third year of teaching. We got a new science curriculum this year which has taken some getting used to. My class is the most challenging in terms of talking and all the diverse needs. I have three special ed students along with almost half my class having some sort of medical record. Thankfully I have a full time aide in my room this year for one student in a wheelchair. I feel like I'm in the swing of things as far as curriculum and planning goes, but the students keep me on my toes.
     
  8. Emily Bronte

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    I would say around my fourth year. This is year 8 for me. Although, I someitmes feel like a brand new teacher when I am prepping for that first day back after the long summer off. :D
     
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    By my third year, I didn't feel like the "new teacher" in that I felt more comfortable speaking up and sharing ideas during meetings and things. But that year I moved to a new grade, so it was probably year four for me before I really felt like I had things worked out in the classroom. And it's not that before then I felt lost or overwhelmed or anything--it was more of a sudden realization that, "Hey, I think I've gotten the hang of this!"
     
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    I think this year is the first year that I have really felt comfortable. I'm in my 5th year.
     
  11. Croissant

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    Glad to hear it takes most of us a few years. Also, I feel maybe I should clarify. I was talking about feeling new to the profession, not new in the building :)
     
  12. Pisces_Fish

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    I still feel new, and this is year 5 for me!! But this year I switched grade levels, schools, districts, AND adopted Common Core, so I try to remind myself that anyone would still feel a bit new in my shoes!
     
  13. Go Blue!

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    During my 2nd year I no longer felt "new," even though I felt like I had more to learn. I think that was my best year because I felt energizied and excited without feeling anxious and overwhelmed like I did during my first year. Now, I don't feel "new" just "old" - like I have been doing this forever.
     
  14. FourSquare

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    This is quite accurate! :)
     
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    I started to feel like I had more of a clue my fourth year. Then I changed grade levels and schools and felt like I was kind of starting over my fifth year...
     

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