While I’ve had my ups and downs over the years as a teacher, my first two years were extremely challenging. Many of these pitfalls were avoidable. If I were going into a middle school band class as a first year teacher today, knowing what I know now, I would approach things differently. Here is an unsorted list that I have brainstormed of things I would like to have known before the first day of school.
- Begin class on time, every time
- Even though attendance is computerized, come up with a simple written system of checking role and do it consistently
- Run through each class period in your mind and take notes of questions you have; address those before the first