By Teachers, For Teachers
When you are just starting out as a new teacher, you don’t have the advantage that experienced teachers do. Experienced teachers at least get the opportunity to look back each year at what classroom management tactics worked in their classroom and what did not. A new teacher just starting out, unfortunately, is going to be bombarded with a ton of new information and doesn’t have the background classroom management knowledge that a veteran teacher does. Here are a few classroom management tips, advice, and suggestions for new teachers.
As a new teacher, you want to learn and expose yourself to as many people and things as you can. Observe everything and everyone around you. Watch how the teachers around you handle their students, create their lessons, and manage their classroom. The more you sit back and observe, the more you learn as a new teacher.
Read as much as you can about everything that has to do with your new teaching position. Subscribe to teacher blogs and RSS feeds, and purchase books about your craft. The more that you read, the more you will learn and the more you will feel comfortable in your new teaching position.
One of the best things that a new teacher can do is to find a mentor. It should be quite easy to do, since you will be surrounded by plenty of great teachers daily. When you find a mentor that you like, then ask them if they mind to share some of their wisdom with you. Just make sure that the mentor that you choose closely lines up to your standards and your educational philosophy. The last thing you want to do is find someone that you don’t agree with at all.
Self-reflection is a great way to learn from yourself. Take some time out of your day or week to jot down how you are feeling, and how things are going (both good and bad). It will not only help you feel better now, but it will also help ease some of your first-year jitters. When you look back in a few years, you will most likely smile at your first trials and tribulations as a teacher.
One of the hardest things for new teachers is when they make a mistake. Just as you tell your students that it’s OK to fail because you will learn from your mistakes, you too need to heed that advice. You will find that some of your very best lessons will come from your mistakes. You just need to learn that when you fail, you need to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and start all over again.
It’s essential to keep an open line of communication with your students’ parents. The easiest way to do this is by having a variety of ways to communicate. Email, a classroom website, newsletter, phone calls, and using an app are all effective tools and great ways to keep the lines of communication open.
In order to be an effective teacher, you will need to put the work in for the first couple of years or so. Once you do that, it will get easier as the years go on. Go to school early and stay late. Keep every lesson and activity and make photocopies. This way you will have them for years to come and you won’t have to do so much work later on.
Take the time to get to know each and every one of your students. All you need is three minutes a day to take the time to get to know a student and you will have them hooked. The more that you know a student, the better the chance that they will be interested and engaged in the lessons that you teach.
Oftentimes, new teachers are so busy trying to be the perfect teacher they forget to have fun and laugh. Everyday try and live in the moment, and appreciate your job and your students.
Do you have any classroom management tips for new teachers? Please share your expertise in the comment section below, we would love to hear what you have to say.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.