For every new teacher entering the classroom for an academic year, nervousness is normal. For most, they are going to interact with a new set of students with their problems, strengths, weaknesses, etc. At the same time, for new teachers, the anxiety is magnified to a new level.
Classroom management is critical.
It is crucial to know more about effective classroom management. That would make the job easier for a new teacher. Without a robust classroom management strategy, it is not possible to teach the students – particularly for a new teacher, since students will not listen to your instructions. Sending the student to the Principal must be taken as a last resort. Communicate with students, speak to their parents. If none of these actions work, then report to the school management.
Create a classroom community
The first step for a new teacher is to create a classroom community before proceeding towards academics. The teacher must take the time to know each student better, thereby helping in planning classroom sessions. Encourage the students to participate in extracurricular activities and acknowledge meritorious students, thus helping in rapport building.
There is tremendous pressure on teachers to deliver results. A new teacher would realize it only after they start working. Often, teachers' evaluation is connected to test outcomes. There are so many factors that impact students' scores other than the skills of the teacher. Teachers feel that they have not covered enough of the syllabus. Do not let the pressure get the better of you. Enjoy your work, and show students how learning can be fun.
Flexibility is crucial
The various administrative work could be challenging. The paperwork may seem to be never-ending. A new teacher must learn to be flexible since sometimes even the best-laid plans could get thrown off the track.
A manual does not exist.
A new teacher would wish for a teaching manual that would make the job easier. The manual would consist of effective lesson plans aligned to the standards that ignited students' interest. Such a manual does not exist. A new teacher would have to go through the grind and learn things the hard way. There is no substitute for experience.
The common core isn't everything.
As a new teacher, it is easy to believe that every minute in a classroom is precious. However, it is vital to relax and have moments wherein you connect with your students.
Continue in your job until next year.
Being a new teacher can be stressful. However, the second year becomes easier. You would become more efficient in the classroom, as well as time management.