I have only been teaching for 3 years, so many would consider me to still be a "new"ish teacher. I have done 2 years in Pre-k and 1 year in 2nd grade. It is crazy the things that are the same and different about those age groups.
1. Plan out how you want the kids to do everything so you know what you need to teach, model, and practice with them. I mean everything! Lining up, walking in line, standing in line at the lunchroom, bathroom breaks, rotating stations, coming into the room, what to do when an adult comes in the room, etc. It will save you headaches later and help you stay consistent! Plan on spending a LOT of time at the beginning of the year cementing this for your students.
2. Get plenty of sleep. We have to be upbeat and happy all day, so make sure you are rested.
3. Find a compatible team member in your grade level to work with all year. That person will really help you!
4. Meet all deadlines given by the office staff. The secretaries are wonderful ladies and they deal with a lot craziness on a daily basis. Follow their directions and turn in your stuff on time!
I have taught 2 years of Pre-K, 2 years of 2nd grade, and I am finishing my fist year of 4th! I will have a 1:1 iPad class next year, so stay tuned to hear about our adventures!
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