Today we have new teacher orientation and I was remembering what it was like to be a brand new teacher or even an experienced teacher in a new school. It was exciting but a little scary.
If I could tell a new teacher anything I would say build relationships!
Build relationships with your students - get to know them, talk to them about their interests, stay firm with your routines and rules but show your students that you care.
Build relationships with your collegues in the building. Don't let your classroom door become a buffer that isolates you from the rest of the school. Ask questions, ask other teachers to let you watch them teach a lesson, become involved in school based activities, have fun
Build relationships with collegues outside you building. Use the power of the internet to connect you with other teachers around the world to learn what they are doing. We are striving to prepare our students to live in the 21st century the best way to teach them to collborate is to model it.
What do you think every new teacher should know?