Today I am linking up with Latoya over at Flying Into First Grade for her weekly Sunday linky party.
This weeks theme is advice for new teachers.
Sparingly..... I say this because you are going to want to buy, buy, buy now that you are finally in your own room. But there are things I bought at the beginning of teaching that I do not use or had too much of. Yes the back to school sales are GREAT, but try to make and stick to a budget.
Help out.... There are going to be after school activities like carnivals, family nights, and clubs that need people to help run them. Find a few things that you would enjoy helping with and volunteer to do them. It shows you are invested in the school as a whole.
Spend all your time at school... Yes, you should help out with things, and yes you want your room to be cute, and your lessons to be aligned and worthwhile. BUT! You cannot and should not live at school. Take a break once in a while and DO NOT FEEL GUILTY for it!
A theme..... This goes along with my advice for buying sparingly. I had a professor in college who said you should have a theme because right away it tells your parents and student something about you. It also is a good way to set yourself apart from everyone else.
There are SOOOOOOOO many cute things out there to choose from ( owls, chevron, frogs, polka dots, bright colors etc). If you don't have a theme I think it is harder to keep yourself from buying something just because it is cute and winding up with a bunch of things you don't need. You can have a couple of themes ( my main theme is a beachy/ocean theme, but I also use polka dots and the colors turquoise, lime, and pops of orange)
Friends!!!!.....Without my teacher friends I would go insane. They understand when I am just venting and when I am looking for advice. And they know when I say I am done, that I will still come in the next day, with a smile on my face, like nothing happened and start over again. Find friends who can get you through those tough times...because unfortunately they will happen.
Yourself.... Find what works for you and your students and then do it. Be willing to listen and take advice from others BUT at the end of the day it has to be something you are excited about or want to do.
So there is my two cents worth of advice!
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