It’s Not A Job, It’s A Lifestyle

Teacher in Education

Being a licensed teacher is one thing and becoming a teacher is another. The first couple of years tend to be the most difficult, making the 10,000-hour rule a far-reaching goal. Teaching will break and fill your heart every single day, especially if you’re new to this. Any ideas about how you’re planning to navigate your way through?

– Find a good coach or mentor as soon as you get your first teaching job. You may have read tons of books about teaching and done your research during your time in the faculty but that won’t cover it. You’ll need real-life advice and feedback. Vets you’d say… Think twice. Develop your own teaching style. Don’t imitate, innovate.

– Build a bulletproof classroom management. Most new teachers focus on what they’re going to teach. They pay less attention to how they’re going to do it, and practically none to why they’re doing it.

– Change your wishful thinking into S.M.A.R.T goals. “I want all my kids to pass their finals” or “I hope I can carve out more time for my SEN learners this year” are not objectives, they’re not even aims. New teachers need help to establish Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound goals.

– Come to a deep understanding of your role in your students’ lives. Make personal connections with your learners and love them genuinely. Not as a parent but as an educator. This is the moment new teachers develop their very own education philosophy. Every teacher has one. It’s our bio, not our CV.

– And just as importantly… don’t pretend you know, ask questions.

New teachers have hard days and harder days. But those don’t last forever. In the meantime, take good care of your mental health.Welcome to the best self-development course you can find!

Iphigeneia Mariou

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