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If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day of Teaching

If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day of Teaching

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If you could write a letter to yourself on your first day of teaching, what words of encouragement and insight would you offer? Edutopia and SoulPancake teamed up to see what teachers had to say in this video for Teacher Appreciation Week.

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MHS_Ankrom's picture

You did it! You entered into one of the most complex but the most important profession in the world. You will age quickly and at the same time remain young because you are surrounded by young people. No matter how the teaching day goes your actions and your tone will impact so many students that day and you will probably not even know it......but you are impacting them so keep smiling throughout the day.......they are watching you closely.

Kristin's picture

Dear First Year Me,

You will feel a mix of apprehension and excitement on your first day, but just remember that time flies when you're having fun. That first day will fly by, so cherish each moment of it. You thought that this year was going to be difficult, but it will be even more difficult than you ever imagined. Your patience will be tried and you will be at a loss as to how to handle many situations, but you need to just keep trying and know that you will be ok as long as the kids are ok. You are doing the best you can, and that is all anyone expects from you. Ask questions, try to find innovative ideas, and make learning fun. Never let anyone dull your sparkle, and never loose your confidence. It's what makes you the teacher that you are. Always strive to be a lifelong learner :)


Jen W's picture

Excellent information here. Will be sharing with student teacher for sure!

magicalmaths's picture
"Maths is like magic, but without the lies."

I love this idea and will be doing a twilight CPD with all my faculty with them writing letters to themselves this year!!! Brilliant!

Melanie Ann's picture

I love this video! I haven't started a full time job yet (only student teaching and a summer school position), but I can already relate to most things. For instance, I hated the first time I heard a student say the assignment I had planned was boring. I definitely took it personally, and still do. I need to try and get away from taking it personally. Also, the idea that a student who would once throw a book at you, but down the road remember you and still keep in touch is amazing. That is honestly my dream!

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"Professor" Paul GTO Briones
Host and Co-Creator of Virtual Science University & Anatomy & Physiology/Advanced Biology Instructor At KHS

Dear "Professor" Paul O. Briones

You are almost at the end of an incredible and adventurous journey! You have been in the trenches of Texas Biology Classrooms for the last thirty three years! You know you have made a difference by the hundreds of notes that you have received through out the years. These last few years have been incredible for you with over 8 million unique visitors coming to your on-line teaching site and more than four thousand students that have been in your classroom! But, you are not done! You have so much more work and adventure in front of you. You have been on an innovative journey but you have not landed on MARS yet! Yes, one day one of your ex-students will end up being one of the first human beings from Earth to explore MARS! You have been challenged at all levels of your mentality but you will rise up every morning ready to "LET IT SHINE" cause you know you are on a journey that is far greater than your personal life! Your are on a journey to empower as many young people as possible and they will be the STARS that will radiate back at you when you have run out of energy and will be ready to officially leave this world. Your legacy is to carry on the legacy of your 2 G Grand Aunt who never gave up on anyone! So move on and remember this is a DREAM that is being lived out and will be attained! All of the STARS that will radiate out in the sky will SHINE back at you remembering that you never gave up on anyone and always made a difference!
"Professor" Paul O. Briones

Mary Langer Thompson's picture

You will reach many. Listen to others, learn all you can, be creative, go to conferences, and wear comfortable shoes!

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Samer Rabadi
Online Community Manager

Mary, I think the point about wearing comfortable shoes can be a blog post all on its own. That and something about bathroom breaks. :-)

API Clinic's picture
API Clinic
Clinical Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapist

Inspirational :-) Thanks for sharing

And Remember no 2 days should be the same, so go ahead have fun and enjoy your journey

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