Beginning Teacher Tips_Megan Dredge

Teaching is the most rewarding profession in the world. And it can also be the most challenging. Beginning teachers can sometimes feel overwhelmed. (That’s why I created my Beginning Teacher Starter Pack). Here’s 33 quick tips that are essential for every beginning teacher.

  1. Take care of yourself
  2. Have fun
  3. Learn students’ names
  4. Be organised
  5. Get to school early
  6. Ask for help
  7. Show respect
  8. Set high expectations
  9. Be consistent
  10. Grow professionally
  11. Laugh at yourself
  12. Don’t judge students too quickly
  13. Try something new
  14. Love learning
  15. Remember to eat lunch
  16. Dress appropriately
  17. Watch other teachers teach
  18. Manage your classroom confidently
  19. Act with integrity
  20. Get to know your colleagues
  21. Say thank you
  22. Listen
  23. Be generous with encouragement
  24. Create classroom culture
  25. Follow through on your promises and consequences
  26. Communicate and connect with parents
  27. Ask questions
  28. Admit your mistakes
  29. Always have a plan B
  30. Accept yourself
  31. Network with other beginning teachers
  32. Remain passionate, no matter what
  33. Enjoy the journey

Which one of these strategies speaks loudest to you? Focus on that one this week and choose a different one next week. Share your progress with a colleague, and you might just help them too.



P.S. If you are an Aussie beginning teacher, you simply must download ‘Avoiding Accreditation Disasters’ by Mat Green from I’m A New Teacher. This book is essential for your accreditation and it is free until the end of June! Click here to download now.

QUESTION: What is/was the hardest thing for you as a beginning teacher? Leave your comments here.