This will be my first year teaching in a classroom and I've heard numerous times on here that new teachers shouldn't admit that they are new. I understand that students/parents may see this as a weakness, but does it always have to be the case?? Yes, this is my first time with my own classroom, but I still feel completely capable and confident that I will have authority of my classes. I am the oldest in a family of 6 kids (my youngest sister is a year younger than the kids I'll be teaching). I've been a camp counselor for 7 summers. I've taught/worked in an elementary school enrichment program for a year. I've done lots of tutoring, even spent a semester as a homeschool teacher for an 8th grader. This past year, I've worked on sets of commercials and film as the on-set teacher/tutor and child actor advocate. All of this along with my student teaching experience. So I'm not new to working with kids. I know how they test things and I know how to be firm with them. I don't believe they will be have any kind of advantage over me because I am new. They will be freshman and new to the school as well. Is it still inadvisable for me to mention that this is my first year teaching? Why?