It’s time for Week 4 of my blog series, Oh, If Only I’d Known, which is geared towards first-year teachers. I’m going to try and keep it a little shorter this time around since Monday’s blog post was so long! So let’s go!
This week, I am going to encourage you new teachers to step outside your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to try something new! That’s this week’s piece of advice.
As a first year teacher, there may be days where you are struggling to keep your head above water and it’s all you can do to use those lesson plans your mentor teacher gave you or the worksheets you found from the textbook. And that’s okay. I’m not telling you to reinvent the wheel every single day. I’m just suggesting that you try something new at least once in the year!
You may find that some veteran teachers will discourage you from thinking outside the box your first year. You may be advised to stick to the basics, focus on classroom management, and don’t stir the waters. But there’s no reason why you can’t dare to be different your first year teacher.
Perhaps you try something small. Rewrite some song lyrics to get your content across. Decorate your room a little differently. Utilize stations or some epic games of Kahoot! Maybe even dress up to teach a lesson! Just because you’re a first-year teacher doesn’t mean you can’t also be a little creative. It’s all about engaging your kids and having fun with them. The more you embrace your creative side and get outside that comfort zone, the more likely you will be to really enjoy your first year of teaching and really connect with your students. And, like I said, there’s no need to make every single day a banner day. Just some! You can do it!
If you have time before starting that first year (or even if you want some reading in your off time – I know, I know, what off time), here are some books I would encourage you to check out. I’ve linked the Amazon links to the titles. For more detailed reviews of the books, check out Monday’s blog post.
- Teach Like a Pirate
- The Wild Card
- The End of Molasses Classes (not from Monday’s blog but also a great read!)
For now, that’s a wrap!