Discussion in 'General Education' started by GAteacher87, Jul 27, 2012.
Jul 27, 2012
Teachers, what was the biggest change for you between your first and second year of teaching?
I learned to be myself.
This year will be my second year so although it hasn't started yet, it definitely feels different. Before going into my first year, I felt somewhat clueless and didn't know what to expect or what my biggest challenges would be. I feel more prepared and ready to take on year 2! I've also had more time to become more organized and prepared for the year so that will help.
I was actually more anxious and nervous going into my second year. My first year, I didn't really know what to expect going in...that year was a tough one(likethe majority of new teachers). I had a really tough class.
Even though I began the year more nervous, I actually had a good year. MY first year was so tough that I told myself if the next year didn't go better, I was going to find another career. Luckily for me, my 2nd year was much better!
I was better prepared and did a much better job of managing student behaviors.
I am now going into my 7th year teaching! I can't believe it....
My first year I was oblivious to what I did not know. Going into the second year I realized I needed to change some things. It's a constant evolution.
One piece of advice I have found to be very helpful is to focus on one specific area to improve upon each year.
Best wishes for a wonderful year.
I think the biggest thing for me was knowing what to expect.
iheartrecess, I think that's a good idea about focusing on one thing to improve on. I'm technically going into my second year but am at a new district. This year I'm focusing on being more prepared and organized. Last year I didn't even get books until about 2 weeks before school started and had no help so I went in without a solid plan. This summer I've been doing tons and tons of prep work!
I actually had a decent first year compared to some but I'm looking forward to being more organized this year
You know more.
You also know what you don't know.
Though I've never had a "hard" year of teaching, year 2 was more work for me than year 1 because I knew what I wanted to be doing to make year 1 better.
I wish I could go back to my first year - the brightest and most motivated students I've ever had, and I was too nervous about doing everything right, that I did not appreciate them! That said, the big difference was like most of what the others have stated: I knew what I needed to change and learn, and learned that most teachers are constantly tweaking things from year to year.
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