Experience: For New Teachers

First Year Priorities

First Year Priorities

Dear Sarah, I am going into my first year of teaching. If you could give a list of your top 5 personal priorities, what would they be? Sincerely, First Year Priorities Teach openly, With Teacher2Teacher E-Newsletter If you like what you're reading, sign up for Sarah's...

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First Year Blur: a VIDEO message

First Year Blur: a VIDEO message

Dear Sarah, I am getting ready to finish my first year of teaching! Overall, it’s been a good year. I’ve enjoyed my students, most of the parents have been good to work with and my colleagues have been really helpful. But I’m also exhausted. I know I’m supposed to be...

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Job Interview Jitters

Job Interview Jitters

Dear Sarah, I’m student teaching right now and getting ready to apply for jobs next fall. As I start to go through this process, I’m wondering what new teachers should look for in a school? Sincerely, Job Interview Jitters Dear Job Interview Jitters, As spring quickly...

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Classroom Management Help

Classroom Management Help

Dear Sarah, I have been asked to support a first year high school English teacher who is struggling with classroom management. The students are prone to outbursts, inappropriate comments and general off task behavior. From my own classroom experience, I know rules,...

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Eager Student Teacher

Eager Student Teacher

Hi Sarah, I am currently a student teacher this semester and I really want to make an impact on my students even though they are not actually mine. I have to teach The Great Gatsby and Ayn Rand's Anthem. I am having difficulty coming up with lessons that will really...

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New Teacher, New Year

New Teacher, New Year

Dear Sarah, I’m a new teacher and am looking forward to my first winter break. This first year has been an exciting and exhausting experience. There were lots of great days and some really tough ones too. I’m not sure what to expect after the break and I’m not sure...

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First Detention Ever

First Detention Ever

Dear Sarah, I just gave my first detention in five years of teaching. Right now, I’m angry and I’m really, really sad. So, I guess my question is if it ever gets easier? Does it ever get to a point where you don’t take those things personally? Where they don’t nearly...

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Frustrated In The First Year

Frustrated In The First Year

Good morning Sarah! I am a first year teacher who is teaching Freshman English (English One) and I am constantly battling my administrator’s expectations for state testing scores and cultivating my students into life-long learners. I have always wanted to be a...

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