Just for fun, I started asking our staff some questions about teaching. I know our teachers really have their hands full so I don't expect a lot of response. But here goes anyway... Some questions are silly and others are more serious. This is the first question I asked:
What is one piece of advice you would give a new teacher?
Sharla writes: Never say something you are not willing to follow through.
I totally agree with this. In today's day and age, this is a huge issue, not only with teachers, but with parents too. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for and know if we mean what we say. So if you say something, you better mean it.
Angel writes: It gets easier.
Between all the acronyms, the assessments, the curricula, the assessments, the Common Core, the assessments, the students' wide variety of needs, the assessments, the date, the assessments, the parents...did I mention the assessments?!?! It does get easier. So hang in there.
Christina (a new teacher herself) writes: Make friends with the school and public librarians. They can help you choose books that are interesting and age/grade appropriate. They are always happy to help.
This is so true. No matter what the town or city is like the library is an enormous resource. And books are always a valuable tool. Sometimes, believe it or not, the computer is not as good as a hard copy.
Until next time...
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