Monday, July 22, 2013

Advice for New Teachers and giveaway day 2!

I am officially over 200!!  Yeah!!

This week's linky is advice for new teachers!

Buy.... There is so much I could say here.  I thought paper was the best thing. We use it for printing, coloring, crafting, copying, folding etc and there is never enough of it!

Always...Ask Questions.  This is a hard one for me.  I am shy face to face.  I have had to force myself to be humble and ask questions or for help.  I know as a first year teacher, I knew it all!  Now I am much older and wiser, I know better.

Never...Isolate yourself.  One of my colleagues this year was a 2nd year teacher.  He isolated himself and struggled.  He did not seek us out until he was in big trouble or drowning.  You have to be open and ready!

Find...lots of resources!  Kids get bored very quickly, you need lots of resources ready for them.  Also you should always have a trick ready to go if you run into extra time!

Make...a teacher buddy.  I do not know what I would have done without my mentor my first 1 1/2 years.  She listened and encouraged.  She helped me find solutions.  If you cannot connect with your mentor, find another veteran teacher to buddy with.  I know my 2nd mentor was more hands off, but I depended on my teacher assistant who had 10 years experience.  She was invaluable to me!

Be...yourself!  Take advice, mull over it and make it your own.  You will not be successful in the classroom if you clone another teacher.  You have to find what you can do, what you feel comfortable with, and make everything your own.

Now onto the second day of giveaways!!!
Sunday's Winner is Lori R.!!

First the giveaway for the Quietest pencil sharpener!!!

Classroom Friendly Supplies - Pilot Mountain, NC

a Rafflecopter giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!



  1. I love the advice about not isolating yourself. When I get overwhelmed, I tend to hide and power through. This is such a good reminder about how important relationships are in the teaching world! Thank you :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

    1. I do the same thing. It is such a fragile balance. You do not want to show weakness, but you need the chance to improve.