November is Reader Appreciation Month at So You Want To Teach? This yearís focus is First Year Teaching Tips. Thereís 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?
Todayís response is from Pat Hensley, the author of Successful Teaching.
- Knowing how to set up a grade book and weighing different assignments
- Have a support system
- Meeting with other new teachers and sharing day to day problems
- Technology (computers in the classroom didnít exist back then)
- Constructive criticism from someone who actually taught in my subject area
- Real textbooks (I had to dig mine out of the textbook dumpster at the end of the year for the next school year)
- Reading other teacherís blogs (if they existed back then)
- Professional development in my subject area instead of general PD that was pretty useless
- A mentor teacher
- A smartboard/promethean board (these didnít exist when I started teaching either)