Does anyone still feel like they don't know what they're doing?

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  1. JMG11

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    I've been supplying for a few years and have had one temporary position. The school board I have just moved to has MANY contract jobs to apply to... and while I am excited about the prospects, I am terrified at the same time. The thought of having a classroom of my own is overwhelming. I know I have the know-how, the energy, the experience (especially from supplying!)... I guess I just doubt myself in a school-world where everyone expects you to know it all the first day you walk into the classroom, as well as the whole year through. I was just wondering if anyone else feels or has felt the same way!
     
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    I haven't gotten hired yet but I'm feeling the same way.
     
  4. JMG11

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    It's nice to know that I'm not just the only one! Coming from a family of non-teachers, nobody understands the stress of it.
     
  5. cutNglue

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    I've been working in elementary for several years (aide) and I'm comfortable there. I recently applied for a high school teacher position and I thought to myself, "What the heck did I do?!!!" Teacher Groupie had to hold my hand in some PM to calm my nerves down. Yep, completely normal.
     
  6. robmojeda

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    Yep

    Some of the time I'm excited and feel like its going well and then something will happen and I feel lost.

    I always think of spinning plates, by the time you get to last one going the first starts to wobble :huh:

    My vet teach friends tell me this is normal, so I'm trying to take it in stride.

    Good luck!
     
  7. AspieTeacher

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    Rob,

    If your specialty is any form of special education (mine is in CA), you shouldn't have any difficulty getting your foot in the door. I also was informed that science, math, and other related single subjects are very open in education as well. I got my training in special education back in Texas and i'm grateful that I was able to land a position in the Los Angeles, CA area. Keep fighting, it's worth trying.

    Aspieteacher
     
  8. Ms. I

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    When I was a special ed teacher for a year, I felt this way during that year. I only taught for a year, so whnever I get hired somewhere again, I'll basically have to start over & relearn everything.
     
  9. smalltowngal

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    I have two years experience, but I've been out two years. When I do get a job, it'll be like starting all over.
     
  10. chebrutta

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    I think it's completely normal. My first year, I had NO IDEA what the heck was going on. The kids were smart-alecks, refused to do anything, and often whined that I should just "give" them answers. And NONE of the management strategies I learned in school seemed to work!

    I didn't know most of the acronyms; the techie forgot to put me on the correct email lists, so I never knew about meetings and conferences. There was no district or school wide curriculum, so I was making it up as I went along.

    It got much better my second year. My third year, I went to high school. Gaaaaaaaaaah. Once again, lost in the dark. Now that I've been out two years - like smalltowngal - and am planning to start again in a new state, I'll be lost. It's natural.

    I think someone said once that it takes 3 full teaching years to really get a handle on what you're doing in the classroom.
     
  11. Sarge

    Sarge Enthusiast

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    I've been teaching over 15 years and still feel like I don't know what I'm doing.
     
  12. CanukTeacher

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    I don't think you have to worry about being expected to know everything. You can't possibly know everything in your first year and your P and other teachers know that :)
     
  13. catnfiddle

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    If it makes you feel any better, I'm still asking what are probably stupid questions from my principal and co-teachers. They are very patient. It will all fall into place with time.
     
  14. DrivingPigeon

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    I sometimes look around my classroom and think What on earth am I doing?!! How did I get here?!! I also get really stressed when I go to seminars or hear what other people are doing in their classrooms. It makes me feel like I suck sometimes.

    BUT then I see the growth my students have made, and how much they are used to our daily routines, and I realize that I must be doing something right! It also helps that I teach kindergarten, because they pretty much think I'm cool no matter what.
     
  15. BioAngel

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    I think this is very normal--- I find myself doubting every little thing that I do already... to even what stickers I put on their papers. What's even worse is that some kids complained about me--- some what unfairly honestly--- to the guidance counselor and now I have her coming in to observe me. She says it won't effect my job here--- she wants us to work together on this but instead I feel like I have a huge "WORST TEACHER EVER" stamped to my forever and I'm heartbroken at this point.

    Having your own classroom is honestly very cool--- I inherited a classroom for my first year and so I was pretty well stocked with things. I just like how it's about me and how my kids work best and that I know where everything is and have plenty of room to stock papers and other books.

    I'm basically holding my breath until I get my contract for next year--- nothing has hinted I'll be fired and EVERYBODY knows I'm totally knew to all of this (at least I'm positive enough to take help/advice and improve myself) so I'm hoping that even though I might majorly blunder sometimes, people realize that we often learn best from our mistakes.
     
  16. mmswm

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    Hey, you stole my line!!!! Though I've only been teaching for 7 years total (and only two in middle school). I still sometimes walk into my classroom and feel like I'm making it up as I go along.
     

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