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Helpful Hints for Beginning Teachers. Bill Walker Director, School of Science K-12 Outreach Mathematics Outreach Coordinator Student Teaching. Get involved Faculty meetings Student activities

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helpful hints for beginning teachers

Helpful Hints for Beginning Teachers

Bill Walker

Director, School of Science K-12 Outreach

Mathematics Outreach Coordinator

student teaching
Student Teaching
  • Get involved
    • Faculty meetings
    • Student activities
    • School accreditation or other committees
  • Meet as many people as possible
    • Department heads
    • Principals and Administrators
      • It is not what you know, but who you know
      • You are interviewing for your next job
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Student Teaching
  • Put in the extra effort
  • Ask everyone questions
    • What do you like?
    • What do you hate?
  • Listen, share ideas, and take experienced teachers’ advice
  • Share with other student teachers
  • Research the interview
  • Have good questions prepared
  • Ask about…
    • Benefits
    • Relationship between administration and teacher association
    • Job security
  • Ask for and read the teacher contract
    • West Lafayette vs. Benton Central
  • Teacher interviews on campus
  • There is significant turnover in secondary education
  • Consider teaching Middle School
  • Keep alert in August
first year teaching
First Year Teaching
  • Join your local teacher association
    • Be aware of your rights and procedures for teachers
  • Become best friends with the secretaries, maintenance, and technology staff
  • Attend workshops and professional development opportunities
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First Year Teaching
  • Have a plan for learning in your classroom and develop a discipline plan around it
    • How will students learn
    • Teach in a way that is comfortable for you
    • 90% of your time on 10% of your students
    • Follow through on rules and consequences
    • If you do not intend to support a rule, throw it out
    • Follow all school-wide rules, even if you do not agree
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First Year Teaching
  • Relationship with students
    • I teach, you learn, any questions
    • Be consistent
      • Making deals and giving breaks does not help students learn responsibility
      • Understand the needs of your students, but know that every student has an excuse
    • I want students to like being in my class (bad idea)
    • Don’t smile until February
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First Year Teaching
  • Relationships with experienced teachers
    • Listen
    • Share
    • Try new ideas
    • Ask advice
    • Don’t be a know-it-all
  • Some days will not go well, there is always tomorrow
  • Do not coach for the money
  • You are a teacher, not a coach
    • Always take care of your classroom first
  • Pay attention to state and federal politics
    • NCLB
    • PL 221
    • School Accreditation
    • Teacher Accreditation
  • Be involved in your local teacher association and ISTA
    • Go to the state government building to lobby