Teaching is a rewarding profession, but that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near easy. In fact, teaching can be a downright stressful and difficult career choice. High school teachers don’t always know what they’re getting into when they are about to start their first day of teaching. I don’t think anyone quits after day one, but some people might consider a career change after awhile. On that note, here are some tips for new, incoming high school teachers.
Create a flexible lesson plan
The smartest high school teachers know that things won’t always go according to plan. With only a few months for each school year, things sometimes need to be skipped or shortened to meet time constraints. All incoming teachers should create lesson plans that allow for things to be skipped, shortened, or left out during the year. Therefore, only the most important materials should be set in stone as far as lesson plans are concerned. It’s so much easier to hit the important spots and then add extra materials than to do the opposite.
Stay ahead of your own plans.
Also, staying ahead of your lesson plans and other responsibilities as a new teacher is a good idea. There are multiple ways that teachers can get ahead to alleviate some stress. For starters, they can either teach at a brisk pace or – even better – just stay ahead of their own lesson plans. This can be accomplished by simply staying ahead with lesson plans, presentations, and whatnot. Creating PowerPoints ahead of time is always a good idea. Of course, the farther ahead a teacher stays, the less likely they are to fall behind.
Get a teacher’s aide to help with grading.
Students love being a teacher’s aide because the “job” isn’t that difficult and counts for credit. Therefore, new teachers should get themselves a T.A. and put them to work. A teacher’s aide can do quite a lot of grading during the period if a teacher has a master answer key for homework, quizzes, and tests. Of course, teachers shouldn’t have their T.A. do every single piece of grading – they deserve some free time. Anyways, a teacher’s aid can help any teacher pick up the slack.
Create a personal system.
Any new teacher should be very organized in the classroom and at school when it comes to their job. Creating a smart system for everything is a good idea. Therefore, new teachers should dedicate a space at home for grading and lesson plan creation and everything else. In the classroom, everything should have its proper place. Neither location should be a jumbled mess or any teacher will find themselves frazzled.
Always bring the job home in the beginning.
Sure, nobody wants to bring their job home because that just eats up time reserved for relaxation. Teaching isn’t that kind of job though, especially for newer teachers. These teachers should bring their jobs home in the beginning because they will need the extra time to manage everything from grading to lesson plans. So then, a new teacher might not get to relax too much for the first few weeks on the job, but it will pay off in the end.
High school teaching isn’t easy.
Actually, no level of teaching is all that easy. It takes a strong-willed person to get into the profession of teaching and education. Children and teens aren’t always the calmest bunch of people. On top of that, keeping pace with lesson plans and grading papers in a timely manner can get a little difficult. Some teachers might burst out in hysteria every once in awhile. Still, teachers can help themselves after awhile when they get accustomed to the job.
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