Congratulations! You got the job. NOW what?

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  1. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    Hiya brand-spankin' new teachers. :) I just wondered if anyone out there is as nervous as I am. I've been student-teaching in other people's classrooms for the past three semesters. All I wanted was my own room and my very own kiddos. And now that I'm going to have them, I find that there's just a little tiny part of me that's saying, HOLY CRAP.

    Anyone else out there feel the same way? What have you been doing to prepare for the fall? Are you reading every single "so now you're a teacher" book and filling your office with bins of classroom stuff? Or are you kickin' back and enjoying your last responsibility-free summer?

    (Sorry if I seem a little dramatic. I've been watching an all-day Heroes marathon on Netflix. If you haven't seen this show, rent it immediately. :D)
     
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  3. janlee

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    May a 25 year veteran of teaching give a small piece of advise to all of you new teachers? I've read so many posts by new teachers and it seems so many of you want to get absolutely as much as you can get done by the time your school year starts. I truly feel that some of you need to take a step back and realize you can not get everything done over the summer. There will be group decisions made if you are on a team, you may have to do things the way your principal wishes. I'm not saying don't prepare to some extent but trying to read every book and create schedules, lesson plans, etc aren't all necessary before school starts. There will hopefully be people in your building who will guide you and some of you will have to be mentored in order to receive your full teaching credentials. I still ask for advise and help from my colleagues when I need it. Enjoy the fact that you were hired to teach in the noblest profession of all! I guarantee you, you'll survive.
     
  4. RainStorm

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    Janlee is so right! You will spend your whole summer doing things, only to find out it is already in place for you, or it has to be done a different way.

    Your premade lesson plans will be too hard, too easy, too indepth, not indepth enough, or they are already done for your entire grade level and you will find you are all expected to use the same gameplan.

    Or you will find out your grade level uses a different format for lesson plans and that all lesson plans have to use the same format.

    You'll find out that the 4 week unit you planned on animals can't be done because you are only allotted 1 week in which to teach it and all of the teachers on your grade level have to stick to the pacing guide (which won't be developed until the 2nd week of school -- SURPRISE!)

    You will find the literature circles you lovingly planned won't work because of all the existing requirements your district puts on your language arts time -- there isn't any time left for it. If you teach 3rd grade, you'll find out that the book you planned on making your classroom theme was a shared novel in 2nd grade last year -- so the student's will be bored with it.

    You will learn that specific novels you plan to teach are on the "designated list" (meaning only certain grades can teach them, to make sure the same books, like Charlotte's Web, aren't taught year after year after year, in various grades -- for example, some schools will only let 3rd grade teach Charlotte's Web and 5th grade teach Phillip Hall Likes Me....) Or you'll find that most of the books you planned on teaching were used by last year's teacher because they were in the previous grade's basal -- so your students have already read them.

    You will out that the math specialist already has a list of exemplars and hands-on lessons that you must choose from, so all those innovative lesson plans you got from the internet won't work. You won't know that place value was the biggest problem in the previous grade so all of your students need remedial work in that area -- but you will be told that during the grade level meeting during the first week.

    You won't know that your grade level already chose a theme for the grade level last year, or that the school is going to announce a schoolwide theme that ALL teachers must use this year -- because they won't announce it until pre-service week.

    You won't know that during preservice week the district is going to announce that they are requiring a new lesson plan format (that not even the principal knew about) so everything you wrote in one format will have to be changed to a new way.

    Etc., etc., etc.

    Or the best one -- you will walk in during preservice week and find out that enrollment wasn't what they expected and they have changed you to another grade level!! (or heaven-forbid, another school!) It happens to someone every single year in our district!

    Enjoy your summer! Read, plan, and dream, but don't waste your entire summer doing work that isn't really going to make your life any easier. You will just find yourself frustrated in the end.
     
  5. teachin4ever

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    I'm right there with ya, Zoom! I'm excited, nervous, anxious...and a bit overwhelmed.

    Even though I know what Rainstorm and Janlee said is great advice, I still can't help reading the books and figuring out how I plan on doing things! I'm just too excited! I've been coming up with ideas for classroom rules, consequences, procedures, etc. I figure these are things I'll have to prepare anyway, so I may as well do it now! And if it turns out my plans were done in vain, oh well! It can't hurt to read up a bit!
     
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    I completely agree with Janlee and Rainstorm. But, I can also understand where you are coming from...just listening to you brings back that feeling I had my first year.

    Breathe:)...then focus. Start with things you know you can tackle now...procedures, classroom management system, system for organizing your lesson plans and activities, becoming familiar with the curriculum and basils, etc. Just remember to start with the big picture first, then fill in the details.

    I am sure you are going to feel this way until you are in your classroom. It's exciting and overwhelming, just don't let it drown you. YOU WILL BE AWESOME :)!
     
  7. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    Hold it right there, vets...

    Okay, I hate to whine but maaannn.... this was supposed to be a new teacher thread. Right here I just wanna hear from those nervous, brand new folks. ;) Not that I don't appreciate advice from the vets - don't get me wrong. :) I just wanted to start a thread where all the new folk can get together and chat about their fears or lack-thereof so we know we're not alone. That's all. :D I'm not trying to hurt anyone's feelings 'cause man, some of you typed up a storm! Wow.
     
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    Sorry...:( I'll zip it.
     
  9. each1teach1

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    That's sounds like me. I'm SO excited especially now that orientations are coming up and I've finished my last certification exam (woohoo). Being secondary and teaching a level I've never taught before from a text book I've never seen, I haven't tried to make any lesson plans, but I have thought of supplementals to help with my room such as a What Do I Do Now activity box for kids who finish seat work early, adapting supersleuth to my subject and grade level (¿Quién Lo Sabe?- Who Knows It?) and trying to find freebies such as the magazines I'm going to use to create a magazine library for the kids to look at.

    I'm excited to be teaching, but I'm still intimidated because last August I was still a student in someone else's classroom!!!
     
  10. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    Yeah! I know what you mean on both counts!

    Regarding finding freebies - - I'm one of those people that can't throw any odd thing away because wait - there's a slight chance I just may use this in my classroom. So now I have a box full of toilet paper tubes, butter tubs, paper towel tubes - I'm even saving the containers my perscription pills come in (the labels come right off!). :lol: Anyway, you were talking about building up your mag supply. What kinds of mags are you collecting? Just curious.

    [Thanks jw ;)]
     
  11. each1teach1

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    Spanish language magazines. I'm teaching the first two levels of Spanish so I'm trying to encourage reading in the target language. I figured the best way would be to collect spanish language versions of popular magazines. That way even if they're just flipping through and looking at the pictures, they're still getting exposure to the language and the culture.
     
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    I agree with what rainstorm said. You are excited to get the job and plan this unit and that unit to find out that you cant teach it. There is no problem with reading books and getting ideas to supplement some of the lessons you might teach...I think for my first year I worked on classroom procedures, parent letters, and making posters. Of course I spent a lot of money on supplies, then soon realize that I didnt have to because the school system provided them.
     
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    new teacher

    Hi, I am going to be a new teacher this fall and I am soooooo excited and scared. My dream finally got here and I feel like I have so much to do. I am trying to find any free resources for printables, management, ideas and chatting so I hope this is the right place.
     
  14. RainStorm

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    What kind of printables are you looking for? Good luck! You'll have a great first year.
     
  15. mkteach

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    worksheets to use with my kids, but i do not know yet what they need. i am just wanting to be prepared so i can pull them up when school starts. i do not know any of their skills levels. i am teaching a 1st and 2nd grade aba autsim room.
     
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    I have been reading my textbook back and forth and still feel like I am not ready. I have read Harry Wong books and have ordered some more off the internet about classroom management. Haha. My stomach is turning more and more everyday.
     
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    May I ask what some of your procedures were? And how you presented them to the students?
     
  18. RainStorm

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    A great resource for worksheets on math is www.mathfactcafe.com.

    You can make your own worksheets for various levels. It is a free site.
     
  19. RoCoco

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    Personally, I am terrified. I'm terrified of getting the phone call, saying I'm hired, and walking into completely new territory. I'm terrified of getting the call saying that they aren't hiring me because someone wanted a transfer or someone else popped into the system. I'm terrified of not getting a phone call, having to decide when to contact the principal, and having her blow me off because she forgot about me or hired someone else and didn't want to tell me.

    I have been cleaning my house non-stop in my non-existent spare time and coming up with all sorts of old supplies, storage bins, extra paper, books, and anything else I think I may have a use for. I am petrified because I put myself through college, taking time off, going part time, independent studies, 3 years of off and on student teaching, and all sorts of things just for this moment. When I get that call that I'm hired, that just cements everything that I have done and the real madness will begin. And if I don't get it, wow I just feel like it was a bunch of wasted time.

    I will be teaching under only the supervision of the principal, there are no other art teachers that I can talk to or ask questions, and this is a very poor school district and the classroom has very little supplies or materials and some half-developed lesson plans that were photocopied out of ancient books. I really will have to develop all sorts of curriculum and make sure it fits into the standards, though how I will get them in enough time is another one of those scary things.

    Wow. That was a wall of text. I'm sorry, but while you are all scared about what is going to happen and how to go about doing things, I'm super extra scared.

    P.S. Prescription labels come off easily, soak them in some water and if they don't come right off, use lighter fluid to get the goo off. Works wonders at removing adhesives.
     
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    Oh, boy! Glad I didn't respond as a 'seasoned teacher'....

    Anyhoooo...even teachers who have been teaching for a while get anxious over the summer- new kids, maybe a new grade or new administrator...You're not alone, sometimes it's helpful to hear from others that it's going to be ok, to relax a bit, to know that you will have support from your colleagues. Try not to get too wrapped up in discussions of "nervous, brand new folks." That could make you even more anxious. You were hired because your new school believes in you- now beleive in yourself...:2cents::2up:
     
  21. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    No actually, it makes me feel better on that first day to know that I'm not the only nervous new person out there. While experienced teachers may have first-day-back jitters, they're still first-day-BACK jitters, know what I mean? ;)

    each1teach1 - What a good idea!! I would have loved to have that kind of resource when I was a high school spanish student. Especially if they're goofy teen magazines! That's awesome.

    mkteach - I have a lot of favorite online sources for free printables. There are also some sites that you may want to consider becoming a member of, like edhelper.com. It only costs $30 per year but they give you SO MUCH GOOD STUFF that it's worth it. Keep your eyes open in the "general education" forum because I think I'll post a new topic in your honor (and all of us newbies) called "YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITES." ;)

    RoCoco - I'm confused. Did you get the job or not? I thought you had a job but that first paragraph makes it sound like you're still waiting for a phone call...?
     
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    I'm new & nervous, and I am soooo glad there are several of us newbies who can stick together this first year.

    Thanks, ZoomZoomZOOM, for starting this thread!
     
  23. each1teach1

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    ha. So orientation was totally cool. They swamped us with scads of information that I still haven't sorted through like insurance, professional development, rules and guidelines and so on. I did figure out the payroll information though, lol. We also got our employee badges which also serve as our keyless entry card, although I'm not sure exactly what we can gain access to with it!
     
  24. RoCoco

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    I'm still waiting. Cell phone resides within 8 inches of my face almost at all times. That's why I said I'm not as lucky as you think teaching art, since I don't have the job yet. :unsure:


     
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    I am also a new teacher and I am starting to feel a little overwhelmed. I want to dive in and start working on things but I feel lost and I don't know where to start. I know that I can start working on some procedures and routines but I feel like I have to have my room set up first that way I'll know that the certain procedure or routine will be executed properly. I also want to make sure that my procedures don't contradict any school rules or expectations. I also want to start buying some things for my room but I've over heard some teachers saying that they give us a budget. ARRRGGGGHHHH!!!! HELP! Please! :)
     
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    Mrs. Math--That's exactly how I feel. I haven't even seen my classroom...or the school for that fact...so I don't know how to put together procedures or routines! My bro-in-law (who is a hs Math teacher) said to call the school in late July/ early August and see if I have a classroom yet or if I can tour the school so that I can get an idea of what I want to do. I may do that and just look for books to read.

    I've gotten a few suggestions on books to read...any others?
     
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    The First Days of School by Dr. Wong is amazing. I've read that end to end about ten times. I guess I can come up with ideal scenarios end then back-ups in case those don't work. :)
     
  28. ZoomZoomZOOM

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    You know, I read Educating Esme, First Days of School, and You Have to Go To School, You're the Teacher and then I stopped.

    As far as setting up procedures, what I'm wondering is if there's a school-wide discipline program. I found a poster that I really liked (you have have seen it) called "Give me FIVE" that I really like (see below) but what if I buy it and they're like, "Oh no. We have certain procedures that we want all the kids in the school to follow. You'll have to take that down."

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    The poster, by the way, is from Really Good Stuff and I'll probably just buy it anyway. With shipping it'll still probably only be around $12.

    But my hope would be to train them on the five steps and then when they know what those steps are, I should be able to train them to come to attention as soon as I hold up my hand.
     
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    Yup

    I feel the SAME way you do. I emailed my teachers and principal and asked if there was anything I needed to be doing now. They said this was a little bit of a dead time, just to plan. I want to do procedures as well, but I am stumped. I want to get my room ready! I bought some stuff because we do not get our room money until a month or so after school starts. Maybe you can ask a teacher at your new school or even the principal for a copy of the school procedure book so you can look at it to help you plan yours.
     
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    Books

    The First Days of School is great! I just ordere Teaching with Love and Logic, too, and it has some good ideas in it as well.
     
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    Hehehe...they gave us temporary user id's and passcodes for the ero system which is the system they use to register for professional development courses. It made me feel all grown up like to register for the pd courses!
     

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