Advice for a new teacher

I’ve decided to start working on a dream I’ve had for a LONG time, one that had to wait until just the right program came along, and through a friend, I’ve found it, the perfect Ed. D program!

As I begin my coursework, I’m currently reading an article about the careful balance between content knowledge, curricular knowledge, and teacher examination.

One idea that was proposed in the article that I’m reading was about was practical experience. How on earth do you asses that on a teacher examination for licensure?

It made me wonder though, what practical experience would you give a new teacher that isn’t represented in any undergrad coursework, textbook, or even student teaching experience? What are those little things you do each and everyday that make your classroom hum along?

I can’t wait to hear what you have to share!

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on February 7, 2021, in new teachers and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I think I would work with a new teacher on relationship building – meaning students, parents and staff. It is really hard for students to learn if they do not have a relationship with the teacher.


    • I love this one! So many new student teachers tell me they’re nervous with parents! Should not have to be this way! Same applies to building relationships with staff! I see a lot of people who don’t talk to each other even though they’re on the same team. So sad but don’t know how to fix that!

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  2. Hmmm. I think every new teacher should experience being short staffed. Or needing the impromptu lesson because life happens. Also, each should learn to share something with colleagues to develop their leadership skills, even if it’s just about how well their students are doing.


  3. BTW, congrats on the new Ed D journey! Happy journeys to you, Kristen!


  4. Time management, organization and self care are also good topics for new teachers! I could explore this topic for a long time since it’s what I do as a profession: train new teachers. Quite a learning curve for me!


  5. Hello! I would have loved to learn about how to help parents and families find the proper resources. Each school offers different programs but this would have been good knowledge for me to know as a first year teacher in a Title I school. 🙂


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