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Discussion in 'New Teachers Archives' started by lajoers3, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. lajoers3

    lajoers3 Comrade

    Dec 10, 2006
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    Dec 13, 2006

    Well, i'm not really a new teacher because I started back in 2000. I was at the time teaching in a Melkite (Arabic) Catholic School and I taught there for a full year. After leaving there I ended up doing casual work (substitute) and have been doing that for the past 5 years. I've really enjoyed the whole casual thing but recently I started to think I may like to get a permanent job. So, I looked into finding something and managed to land myself a full time, permanent teaching job in North West Sydney, Australia - not too far from where I live. I am very excited about the prospect of working in such a great school because it's a private school (which around here does pay more than the public sector) with fantastic facilities and the staff seem wonderful and it's a Christian environment too, which to me is very important. I am scared though about all the programming, assessment and reporting that needs to be done. I am scared that i'm not going to live up to the hopes and expectations that they have for me. I read on the internet about using power statements at the end of an interview and I did with mine. I said to the headmaster 'if you choose me for the position, I promise I won't let you down' and now i'm thinking 'what if I do let him down?' I've been told that if I try something and it doesn't work out then no problem, he would rather me jump in and try something new then to sit back thinking about whether to do it. Everything seems perfect - too perfect perhaps for me and i'm worried I won't be good enough.

  3. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

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    Dec 13, 2006

    It's normal to have those feelings. We are all human, and we all fail sometimes. The good news is, that's okay. You don't have to be perfect to be a good teacher. Deal with the responsibilities as you would any other job responsibilities. Educate yourself, do the best you can, then put it out of your mind. This is one job that can eat you alive - but only if you let it.
  4. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

    Apr 12, 2006
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    Dec 13, 2006

    The principal won't hold you to a higher standard just because you promised to do a great job, honest.

    And sometimes things work out just as they're supposed. Cinderella finds her prince and they all live happily ever after. Work with the assumption that this is one of those times and dive right in.

    Good luck!

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