It is no secret that the first year of teaching will be beyond overwhelming for teachers. As a new teacher you have to balance classroom management, grading, the school’s procedures, relationship with other teachers, relationships with students, parents, administrators, and much more. That is why it is so important to figure out a routine before you begin that first day.There is a website called Educational World where teachers who just started their second year of teaching offer up advice to first year teachers. There is no one who could offer up better advice than that of someone who experienced what you are about to. Second year teacher Mike Powell says, “Start keeping a professional journal. After the course of the year, this journal will allow you to reflect on your professional practices and to witness what is probably going to be enormous personal growth”(EW). Keeping a journal is a great way to organize your thoughts and reflect back on how much you have changed throughout your first year experience. You will also learn a lot about who you are as a teacher if you take the time to write down your experience. Scholastic Teachers offers some great tips for keeping a journal which are as follows:
- Making Regular Entries- The best way to get through the day is routine. If you make regular entries at a specific time, you wont forget to write down your experiences.
- Anything goes-Journaling is a great way to vent about your day. Teaching can be really frustrating and you can face many obstacles. Here you can complain, cry, and be frustrated all while learning a little bit more about who you are as a teacher.
- Record your Growth- Don’t be afraid to note the small successes and changes in your routines as a teacher. Remember that become a great teacher wont happen overnight.
- Reread your Journal Entries Occasionally-Remember that you cant learn what you are doing wrong if you are not rereading your journals. It is really important to go over past decisions to help you better your future decisions.
Journaling has started to become a trend among first year teachers. A lot of first year teachers have gone as far as posting their journals on the internet so other first year teachers can learn from their experiences. Keep a journal close to you and pull it out whenever you have a chance. You will love the results!
Here are the articles that I used when researching the importance of journaling . This is also where I got the idea for some of the tips:
Here are some questions for you:
What do you think the hardest part about the first year of teaching will be?
Do you think journaling your first year of teaching could benefit you? How?