Sunday, June 28, 2015

Rock Star Tips for Beginning Teachers

Few things are as exciting and nerve wracking as being a new teacher.  You have invested so much time and effort into learning all you can about the teaching profession and the time has finally come for you to get the keys to your very own classroom!  #pinchme

I am so excited to be linking up with Chandra from Teaching with Crayons and Curls to give you my I wish I was a Rock Star tips for beginning teachers.  I love the idea of helping out new teacher peeps!

So let's get to it :-)

1) Get to know the school custodian

2) Invest in a large filing cabinet (or more!)

3) Stock up on throat lozenges and buy a high quality thermal mug for hot drinks to sip on all day

1) Post things on Social Media without thinking
My friend Kristy over at 2 Peas and a Dog wrote an amazing blog post about Social Media tips for teachers.  You know it's good when Teachers Pay Teachers shares it on their Facebook page!

2) Let school be all encompassing
My first year of teaching I taught English Immersion to an amazing group of 50 (two classes of 25) SK students in Tours, France.  I was so overwhelmed and had such an enormous sense of responsibility for those cuties, that I often stayed very late at work and went in on weekends. School/Life balance is a must!

1) Don't sweat the small stuff

Mistakes happen to us all so don't sweat the small stuff.  You'll feel embarrassed when you drop or break something in front of your class the first time (and chances are they will giggle!) so make a joke about it and move on.  No one is perfect and you are trying your best. Try not to be too hard on yourself.

If you are just starting out, or about to begin your 16th year of teaching like I am, I hope that you found at least one little nugget of wisdom in this post.  Here's wishing you an excellent rest of your summer and a wonderful start to your new school year!

Be sure to check out Chandra's link up for more tips from other teacher bloggers and make sure to follow them on social media too.

And, just in case you were wondering, if I was a rockstar I would be Shania Twain! #canadaproud


  1. Ha! I love your post and the Shania Twain reference! So true about the throat lozenges ins't it? My first year teaching I got every sickness imaginable. Even stuff I never even heard of. When my husband and I starting dating may years ago that poor guy was sick almost the entire year until he built up an immunity to the germs I bring home from the petri dish. Oh the things our guys have to put up with when being with a teacher. :)

    Have a great day!


  2. haha I love "stock up on lozenges!" That is actually SO true, but not even for catching colds...My throat is *always* sore the first week back after summer break! And YES to the custodian. I love love love our custodian...and it definitely helps!

    Great advice :)

    Fun With Firsties

  3. Don't sweat the small stuff! That's so true! Especially when it comes to making mistakes in front of the class. I can't tell you how many times I've tripped or ran into tables in front of my kids :)

    Made with Love

  4. LOVE this Bryn!!! Getting to know the custodian is super important, you definitely want them as a friend!! And, it's so important to not sweat the small stuff. We take on so much as teachers, and our jobs don't end when we leave the building- so it's so important to not let that small stuff weigh us down!
    Thank you so much for linking up! And, I just love meeting Canadian teachers! I'm a Canadian citizen living in Atlanta!! :) Your experience in France sounds amazing! I studied abroad there in college and loved living in Paris for a little while!
    Chandra @ Teaching with Crayons and Curls

  5. Such great advice! I agree with everything you've got there!

  6. AMEN. I have found that the custodian is my number one fan! Haha seriously they are the best person to connect with!! Also love that you mentioned not posting on social media without reflection. I think that that is a HUGE thing for first year teachers. Especially with how technologically savvy the world is becoming!! Thank you for sharing!!! Will be keeping these tips :)

  7. Oh my. I am still working on the don't think the about school 24/7. It's great advice and I think especially for new teachers, it can take over your life! Also loving the don't sweat the small stuff! I have that on a notecard on my desk. Happy summer and thanks for linking up!