What is your biggest challenge as a new teacher?

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  1. I Love Big Books

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    What is your biggest challenge as a new teacher?

    Starting a career as a teacher can be amazing, but also overwhelming. What problem kept you up at night? Feel free to list more than one thing. Even if you are not new to teaching, when you think back- what did you struggle with the most?
     
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  3. MathGuy82

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    Classroom management. Learning how to be strict in balance but not too strict or too laid back in terms of rules and grading. Learning to keep a class engaged can be tough, especially if they seem bored. This can still be a struggle with some classes because I have had colleagues tell me this is how they are no matter what. I also still struggle with these topics to a degree 10 years later in the classroom and learn different ways to improve each year by experience.
     
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    Separating work from the rest of my life. Compartmentalizing was really tough for me because I care so much about my students, and in my first years I also cared so much about how my students perceived me. I would worry about mistakes I had made during my evenings at home. I would think about how I could better motivate my students when I was trying to relax over the weekend.

    Everyone struggles with and handles this separation differently, so I tried out advice from various sources before I found what worked best for me. Which, in case you were curious, was writing down the top three things on my mind that I was worried about before I left for home. That way I could approach them the next day, in my classroom, with a fresh perspective.
     
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    This is going to sound weird, but for me the hardest part was working with other teachers and admin. I'm an introverted and reserved person. "Playing the game" when it comes to school politics is simply not in my wheelhouse. I don't understand how some people can "fake it" so easily. Since I'm a SPED teacher, I also have to work with pretty much everyone rather than just my team and a couple of specialists, and having a different job than most of the school I often get put into "us vs. them" situations. My first school was easier to get comfortable in because it was tiny- only 8 full time teachers and something like 13 total staff members. My current school has about 40 teachers and I feel like I'm just starting to get good at really collaborating with everyone, although I still struggle with some people, and it's my 4th year at this school and 7th year overall.
     
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    Procedures! This was has been SO difficult for me because at the beginning of the year, when they're supposed to be implemented, I had NO idea what procedures I wanted to have in my classroom. As the year went on, I have kept some procedures and I even trashed some of my "great ideas". I'm so thankful that my fifth grade classes have just rolled with my trial and error. We have finally come to a point, 3/4th into the year, where I have found effective procedures that will stick.
     
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