Remember the pre-first day of school jitters you had as a kid? Multiply that by 100. It’s no surprise that first-time school teachers are filled with anticipation, excitement, fear, and self-doubt. Teaching is not just a responsibility to provide students with a meaningful education, but it’s a chance to inspire and make a long-lasting impact on their lives. What are some challenges that many first-year teachers have faced? And how have they met this challenge? And, if you’re not a first-year teacher, what’s your role?
Some teachers express that in their first year, at first despite being anxious, they were really just very excited to start, full of hope and new ideas. But as time went on, they were overwhelmed by problems they didn’t expect, and feelings of doubt as to whether or not they were up to the challenge. In fact, one estimate states that around 17% of teachers quit in their first five years, a number that actually seems to be lower than previously expected. So, the majority of new teachers do make it. What are the challenges some teachers face? What has helped them to meet these challenges?
What if I make a mistake?
Don’t be afraid of messing up. Try to find a teacher who says that their first year was amazing. It likely won’t happen. The truth is, many challenges a first-year teacher will face cannot be anticipated, mistakes are inevitable. The key is to learn from them and move on. This isn’t to say that planning ahead isn’t helpful, but it is impossible to plan for every little thing that could happen.
But what if my students hate me?
Some teachers have found that by being both respectful and firm with students, they
One of the best ways to feel at ease
It might be intimidating to be surrounded by more experienced teachers than yourself. Like that kid before their first day of school, you may even worry "Will they like me?" But your fellow teachers are your greatest support system. Find allies in other staff members and educators. And this is where you veteran teachers come in. Maybe you’ve been teaching for
All in all, don’t worry too much! Which of course is easier said than done. Yes, it’s going to be very difficult, and you are bound to make mistakes. But teaching is rewarding as well, and if you hold on through the first few years, it will only get better! Think back to a teacher who helped you; maybe it was by encouraging