Advice to your younger self...

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  1. jjoyce

    jjoyce Rookie

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    Hi everyone,

    I am currently in my third year of teaching. Some days it already feels like I'm settling into a routine and becoming a little too comfortable/lazy, other days I feel like things are so crazy that I'm barely hanging on. It's all an adventure, and I love how different every day is.

    This aside, I would like to know: if you could give one piece of advice to your younger teacher self, what would it be?

    - J
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

    Ima Teacher Virtuoso

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    Don't take work home.

    There is always something I could be doing, but I'm more effective when I leave work at work.
     
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  4. Backroads

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    Take every opportunity to observe other teachers.
     
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  5. jjoyce

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    Yes, I totally feel this! Thanks for the advice.
     
  6. jjoyce

    jjoyce Rookie

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    I definitely need to do this more. Thanks so much for your advice!
     
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  7. Loomistrout

    Loomistrout Devotee

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    “On teaching:...the job seems to require the sort of skills one would need to pilot a bus full of live chickens backwards, with no brakes, down a rocky road through the Andes while simultaneously providing colorful and informative commentary on the scenery.” - Franklin Habit
     
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  8. Tired Teacher

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    OMG! I could write pages, but shall refrain.
    First: Find a way to make a good home/work life balance.
    2. Take a day off when you just need to rest. ( I retired in a way that I lost a ton of sick leave.) 3. Work stays at school. If it takes 30 minutes extra, stay, but don't bring it home. ( If an hour is needed, I'd do that too.)
    4. Your weekends are yours. Enjoy them!
    5. Don't let people guilt trip you into doing lots of extra things.
    6. In the end, test scores don't mean crap. The kids will remember how you made them feel and what they learned from you.
    7. In the end, evaluations do not mean anything either. They are 1 person's opinion of you. I was at the top of the chain for most of my teaching career. Then got a new, young P who didn't know much and he gave me 3's a lot which I let irritate me for a few yrs. lol I finally learned to let it go when someone told me that I had forgotten more than he ever knew to begin with.....It was so funny b/c it was so true.
    8. Help new teachers whenever you can if they seem nice.
    9. Look for the good and you will find it. ( If you look for the bad, that is what you'll find.)
    10. To top it off, don't take things personally. Be kind. There will be some people that you will never make happy. Don't waste your time with them. Spend your energy wisely.
    Whoops! So sorry! I just reread a you said 1 piece. I thought 10 was "restricting" myself. :)
     
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  9. AmberP

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    Hello! I would advise myself to pay more attention to myself, to rest, and also to work more. It seems to me that this is basic. Also, take care of your health and sleep at least 7 hours.
     
  10. Tyler B.

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    I love these! I would also add: avoid the company of negative teachers even if it means you eat alone in your classroom. These people will bring you down and cast shade where you need light. Avoid complaining - not to be confused with advocating for your needs and your students.
     
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  11. Tired Teacher

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    At 1 time our lounge got to be a gossip hub. (Untrue, hurtful stuff towards a staff member) If you have to eat lunch alone, but if you can even find 1 or 2 who do not buy into the gossip, invite them to eat lunch with you in your room. It is nice to have a break with fun adults.
     
  12. Guitart

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    My interest in the profession was sparked by a semester of field experience, but my younger self was not a teacher. I worked in IT and started at a really good company. By the time I left, I was making $70K (with bonuses). I had an amazing benefits package with 401K match up to 10%, quarterly production bonuses, and was given stock. I was a dumb 20-something and spent every bonus and stock money on material things and fun. Only invested 3% in my 401. I also rented for 10 years out of college.

    I should have gotten some investment advice. I may have been a millionaire by now.
     
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  13. pearie

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    That's so true! Health is the most important thing, you can't take it back.. I wish I started taking supplements and vitamins earlier. My husband has some health issues too, he has ED now, so he has to take some meds from Enhance Club. But I think if he had taken care of his health before, everything would have been so much better!
     
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  14. Regan@Off2Class

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    I honestly would tell myself to BE MYSELF! I would also reassure me that it’s totally okay to stay home, make art and dress how I wanted- life is short!
     
  15. whizkid

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    Stick to a pursuit of a career in finance.
     
  16. a2z

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  17. Jens Irving

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    1) If you want something, just ask. The worst thing anyone can say in response is no.
    2) Patience ultimately pays off. But it usually does so very slowly.
    3) Don’t ever judge yourself in comparison to others. Instead, judge yourself against what you know you’re capable of.
    4) Invest time in your family, you don't know how long they gonna be with you.
    5) Don’t think so much. Sometimes it’s OK to just BE.
    6) Buy viagra online, it's much cheaper)))
    7) Never stop learning. Even 5 minutes a day. In 5 years you might know a new language
    8) Use sunscreen. Always!!!
     
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  18. waterfall

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    Play the social game. When people view someone in a positive light socially, they tend to also view that person in a positive light professionally. I'm extremely efficient with my time, and I'd rather get something done than stand around and make small talk with coworkers, but it ends up being more important than you think. I've also never been lucky enough to be the "right age" at any of the schools I've worked in. At my first school, I was the only younger person and the teachers only liked to talk about their own children and grandchildren. Obviously I didn't have much to contribute to that conversation. Now that I'm older, I'm in a school where the majority of teachers I work with are in their early 20s, and party together on the weekends. Also, go to things like after work happy hours and holiday parties even if that's not really your idea of fun. Those relationships will help you professionally.
     
  19. Kindergartenteacher

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    It is very common to feel that way.When we have passion and a mission clear,we always think to motivate ourselves.We become an example for other as well.It is not easy to have energy every day.But it is possible not to get carried away by situation that pulls us down.A good self care and self regulation can help.The more we have boundaries,rhythms and plan for the day might help an active teacher.Wishing you all the best.
    You can do it!
     
  20. 3Sons

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    [ghost floats into the room, accompanied by a cloud of purplish-black smoke swirling about its feet]
    "3sons, I bring you a message, from the FUTURE!"
    <kid sits up in bed, rubbing eyes groggily> "Who the heck is 3sons?"
    [ghose waves its arms in an unnecessarily dramatic fashion] "I am, and you are, in the future! It's an alias I use on an iiiiinternet forum."
    <blinks> "You're me? And I call myself 3....."
    "Yes, they're good kids. But that's not my meeessaage!"
    "I
    s your message about when the Mets win the World Series again? Because that would be really good to know"
    [peers irritably] "Nooooo, it's much more amorphous than that! I give you... specific advice I think I should know! Or that you think you should have known. Or that you think I should know!"
    "
    Oh. Cause I really think that would be good -"
    "Silence! Do not question you!"
    <bored> "
    Okay, what's the message?"
    "That girl in your French class, the one who wants to date you and has a nice sense of humor and a good laugh, but has a body like a beach ball and a face like a gnome?"
    "
    Uhh... yeah.. what about her?"
    "Date her, you idiot! You only get so many chances!"
    <silence>

    "So, uh. You came all the way back here to say carpe diem to me? Isn't that kind of trite?"
    "Hey, it's good advice!"
    "Won't it maybe mess up the 3 sons thing?"
    <silence,. Ghost shuffles a bit>
    "It's still good advice."
    <more silence>
    "Fine. 91. Yanks in 95."
    <ghost disappears in a puff of logic>
     

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