When new teachers experience a difficult or challenging classroom experience, they quickly loose touch because that one 15 minute segment of an unsuccessful lesson simply tore them down. They quickly forget all those positive classroom teaching experiences. Since new teachers lack the confidence seasoned teachers work hard to establish, it then becomes very hard for new teachers to rebuild a positive flow of teaching energy. The worst thing for a new teacher to do is to start a Monday by bringing a bundle of nerves and and jitters into the classroom. It becomes a no win situation.
When you are able to shift the focus away from yourself and to your students, you are able to focus on true teaching moments of HERE and NOW. Even in the early Monday morning hours after you’ve prepared a well-prepared lesson and finished marking all those papers yet find yourself absorbing in a series of “what if’s,” stop yourself and ask: What is the most important thing my students need right now? How can I effectively cater to them?
It’s hard to do this because much of what happens in the classroom is often determined by a new teacher’s personality. But there are tips and tricks of the trade that you can use RIGHT NOW that will help you adapt to new classroom situations and develop the confidence you need.
New Teacher Confidence Building Tips
Keep a fresh ongoing perspective: If you find yourself nervously dwelling on any one aspect of classroom management (which is typically the case with newer teachers) stop and ask yourself: what were my students able to do well? What went successfully? Fifteen minutes of chaos may not really be chaos at all unless you choose to look at it in this way.
Exercise Flexibility- Adjusting to new classroom situations is a long process and requires an introspective mindset. what didn’t succeed? What could you have done differently helps new teacher realize that there are numerous other ways to deal with a problem and that he or she isn’t necessarily the cause of it.
Begin each lesson anew as if you just taught it for the first time –
Don’t take anything for granted – Assume your students know nothing and this will help you create more engaging lesson plans. I suppose the same principle can also be applied to life.
So what are you waiting for? Start taking charge in the classroom today!