Top Tips for New Teachers

See our top tips for new teachers!

Becoming a new teacher is incredibly exciting but can also be quite nerve-racking, that's why we have put together some top tips for any new teachers out there. If you're looking for a bit of advice for your first day of becoming a teacher then you've come to the right place. 

1. Be Yourself 

The first day at school can be a difficult one for most people, especially when you're feeling nervous. Remember to stay positive and be yourself, being who you are is important for children to see. 

Children will want to know a little bit more about you because as humans, we are all curious. It's important to open yourself up and tell them something about yourself. This can build trust and respect from students. 

2. Plan

Planning is extremely important; it creates a structured and organised class. Learning can be so unpredictable so it's crucial that you don't over-plan your lessons, as things are more likely to go wrong that way.

Making sure you've got the right balance will help to create a fun and meaningful lesson for students, it also means you've allowed for children to get involved in the class without it being too structured. 

3. You're not alone

Whatever you are facing for the first time, your colleagues have also faced the same problems. It's important to remember that you're not alone, you are part of a team.

Many teachers go through the same issues with students so it's extremely important that you talk to your colleagues and take advice from them. 

4. Understand your boundaries

Developing trusting relationships with your students is important but remember there should always be boundaries between teachers and students. The relationship should always be professional. 

You also want children to know the boundaries and that you are not their friends, but you are there to support them as a teacher or role model. 

5. Don't label your students

As humans we are hooked on labels but remember that labels at school can be damaging. If a child has dyslexia avoid labelling them as 'dyslexic' especially in front of others. 

Every child learns in a different way, it's important to remember this. Just because a child is slower at learning than others doesn't necessarily mean they have a learning disability.

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