Advice for new teachers
Posted on 08/15/2019
Kelly THompson of Hurt Park ElementaryBeing a first year teacher is rewarding but tough.  Kelly Thompson of Hurt Park Elementary was in your shoes a year ago.  We asked Ms. Thompson to put together some advice for new teachers.  We hope you find this helpful. 

Here is what Ms. Thompson wish she knew before starting the first day last year:

  1. I don’t have to have it all figured out on day one or even on day 200.


  2. Change is a constant.

    Students and staff can be very transient. It’s hard on the heart to form attachments and then have to say goodbye.

  3. Open-toed shoes in an elementary school are risky!


  4. Plans almost never go as planned.

    This was exceptionally difficult for my type-A brain to accept. I often reached the end of my days thinking, “What just happened?!”

  5. There’s no tired like “teacher tired.”

    Naps sustained me… after school, of course!

  6. The old adage, “Don’t smile until December,” wasn’t for me.

    Students need structure, but they also need kindness.

  7. Learning how to be a good teacher is secondary to building relationships with students.

    Without the latter, even the most seasoned of teachers fall short.

  8. The paperwork in Special Education is nothing to be afraid of.

    It’s a lot to learn, but it’s doable with effective time management.

  9. The job doesn’t end at 2:45.

    In fact, my teacher brain is always on the lookout for ways to be a better teacher.

  10. The joys of teaching are unlike any I’ve ever known.

         I have missed my students tremendously this summer and look forward to an even better second year with them!






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