November is Reader Appreciation Month at So You Want To Teach? This year’s focus is First Year Teaching Tips. There’s still room if you want to participate! Contact me and let me know your answer to this question:
What are some things you wish you had known before you started your first year of teaching?
Today’s response is from Doug Johnson, the author of the wildly popular Blue Skunk Blog. Since he already posted his top 10 list on his own blog, I’ll go ahead and send you over there so you can see his first year teaching picture. He’s a brave man!
This is in response to (a very flattering) request by Joel on his So You Want to Teach blog. He’s asking for a list the 10 Things I Wish I Knew As a First Year Teacher.
Man, that was over 30 years ago now. I started as a high school English, speech and drama teacher in a small school district in Iowa in 1976. I was also the yearbook, newspaper, class play and speech contest adviser. My first year’s salary was $7,800. We lived in a house that I would not put a dog in today. And I was a terrible teacher.
If I knew then what I know now…