Starting a new teaching job can be exciting, but as you get closer to your start date – it becomes ever so daunting. Preparing yourself before your first day is essential to make the most of your new role. To help you be the best you can be from the start, we’ve put together our top tips for starting a new teaching job.
1. First and foremost, get organised
It is vital to research and familiarise yourself with the lesson plans, curriculum and school policies; knowing what is expected will help you hit the ground running on your first day. Get to know handbooks or documents given to you that contain important information so you’re up-to-date on key procedures and arrangements. If any details are unclear, make sure to ask questions for clarification.
2. Introduce yourself around the school
Take the time to meet with other teachers and staff members and familiarise yourself with the students. Building relationships is key to success in a teaching job, so take time to get to know everyone and make sure they know who you are. Find out who your point of contact is for various queries and who can provide support.
3. Get to know your surroundings
Knowing the school’s layout is a crucial aspect of teaching, as it allows you to quickly locate classrooms, facilities and resources. Take some time to walk around the building and get used to where everything is located. Note the different areas you will need to access throughout the day.
4. Prepare for your first week
Make sure you have some lesson plans and activities ready for your first week. Plan what you want to introduce yourself and structure each lesson. Be prepared for questions from students and have backup plans ready in case things don’t go as planned. Make sure you have the materials, equipment and resources needed for your lessons and set a schedule for yourself.
5. Finally, remember to relax and enjoy!
Starting a new teaching role can be nerve-wracking, but having confidence in yourself is key to feeling comfortable and succeeding. Remember that you were chosen for this job because of your skills and abilities – so try to focus on the positives, learn from your mistakes and enjoy getting to know your students.
By following these tips, you will be in a great position to start your new teaching job and make the most of your new role. Good luck!
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