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Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Mommyof2xys, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Mommyof2xys

    Mommyof2xys Rookie

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    Aug 21, 2007

    I am doing a 2 day workshop for new teachers for my district, mainly for Kindergarten and Pre-K Teachers. I think I will be okay, but I have never done anything like this before. I am flattered that I was asked, but feeling a little overwhelming, because I know how nervous I was as a new teacher.

    I have some things prepared, but would love your input as well,

    What is one thing that you wish someone would have told you before your first year of teaching?

    What is something that worked very well for you during your first year?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. clarnet73

    clarnet73 Moderator

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    2 things, actually

    1. Every paper you get sent from the office is not necessarily important, so take care of it or throw it out right away

    2. how to interact/guide/work with/deal with TA's. I was NOT taught this in college and I suddenly had 2.
     
  4. MissFrizzle

    MissFrizzle Virtuoso

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    Prioritize !!!!!

    It can be overwhelming to have to grade papers, and then see a stack of papers in your mailbox.

    It's normal to want to run for the hills. If you make a weekly plan focus on what you want/need to get through in a week. and then anything else that can wait should go into another pile for the following week.
     
  5. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Teaching kids this young is sooo not my area, but here's my 2 cents anyway:

    I think they'll need to know about:
    -- what's acceptable in terms of dress code
    -- how to call in sick; what should they have on hand for the sub
    -- how to use the xerox or any other machines. (Can they replace toner? Do they need to know how to collate & staple?)
    -- When and how to start a paper trail
    -- when and how to make referrals for suspected learning disabilites
    -- what they are required to do legally if they suspect child abuse
    -- what to do with potty accidents
    -- what to do when a child loses a tooth
    -- how to contact parents (and there's NO excuse for not getting back to a parent in a fairly timely manner)
    -- what do do with a medical incident-- child fainting, etc
    -- how to handle allegies (peanut free zone? shared snacks?)
    -- when they can expect to be paid (they all want to know, but I'm guessing no one will ask)
    -- supplies: what has been requested, shared or not, etc
     
  6. Honey1021

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    What radio station to listen to for snow delays.
    What to do if a child is not picked up.
    How to report a child who is absent/tardy past a certain number of days.
    How to do attendance/lunch count (does it need to be done online, sent to the office, etc.)
    Guidelines for sending a child to the principal or counselor.
     

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