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10 Things Every New Teacher Needs to Know

10 Things Every New Teacher Needs to Know

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On Edutopia's Facebook page, we recently asked teachers what advice & encouragement they would give to newbies. The response was overwhelming (in the most amazing way possible). In an attempt to preserve the awesome discussion there, I've rounded up some of my favorite words of wisdom. Thanks to all the inspiring educators who contributed! 


Be patient with yourself. Being a good teacher is a skill that takes time.


It's okay to make mistakes. Admit them, learn from them, and move on.


Get a good, supportive pair of shoes.


Get connected as fast as you can with the best teachers and resources you can find, both online and in real life.


Be yourself.


There never will be the perfect lesson plan. They're forever evolving like you and your students.


Take one day at a time.


Always remember that the child that challenges you the most, might be the child that needs you the most.


Keep a journal that you can read later in your career and laugh.

10. Now buckle up and enjoy the ride. :)

If I had known the fabulous feeling of helping teens, I would have signed up sooner.

We want to hear from you! What advice would you like to pass along to new teachers? 

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Tracy's picture

If new teachers struggle at first, it's important to remember that there are resources out there that can help! Your connection with your students will be your saving grace! Your acceptance of them is huge! This means embracing every student as he or she is! Try showing students who you are and genuinely asking them good questions about themselves. Keep a journal of your teaching journey, you will love reading it later on. Best of luck!

barupa's picture
Retired School Librarian & Science Teacher

Make the school secretary and the school librarian your best friends!

mlouis7210's picture

This is something I will hold onto until my first year of teaching. Thank you for putting this together.

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