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5 Tips For First-Year Teachers

Being a teacher is an incredibly fulfilling profession. However, it can also be difficult at times. As a veteran educator of 17 years, I can think of a lot I have learned over the years that I wish I knew when I first started out.

My advice to new educators:

Step outside your comfort zone. As a first-year teacher it’s easy to feel isolated as putting yourself out there can be intimidating. It’s important to remember that everyone had to start somewhere and that everyone was the “new teacher” at one point. Try your best to reach out to your fellow educators and administrators and start to build relationships with them. There is also great benefit to finding a mentor when you are in your first few years of teaching, someone you can ask advice, help, or general support. I’d also tell myself to try to understand the inner workings of the administrative office and to find an administrator whose door is open to help. Ask them questions and ask for help if you need it.