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September 2017

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Six Ke s to Success for New Teachers N E W T E A C H E R S U R V I V A L G U I D E 1. Patience: Remember, kids are kids. It seems simple enough, but it's easy to forget. There are real differences in the child's brain from early years through the teen years. In fact, the adult brain doesn't fully develop until age twenty-five. Kids often act out, and sometimes when we see this behavior, we lose our cool and think they're "doing it on purpose." We should remember the challenges they face and react without anger or spite. 2. Consistency: No favoritism. You may like some students more than others. We don't like to say this, but it's obvious. Also, a student you have difficulty with may be the "teacher's pet" in another classroom. The point is not to base your class- room management on how you feel about your students, but on your classroom rules. If the "good student" steps out of line, then he or she should this makes your personal information visible to their families, siblings, and acquaintances as well. 4. Communication Dexterity: Kids, parents, colleagues, administrators… As a teacher, you are confronted by diverse populations all with different expectations of your role as a teacher. You must be able to speak clearly to each in the most professional way possible because your interactions can have a dramatic effect on your job and even your working conditions. 5. Organization: Paperwork and the legal things you must do. The paperwork outside the class- room can be overwhelming. The n y ou add in all the work that per- tains to your subject and there i s a m ountain that needs to be climbe d o n a daily basis. The documentatio n e scalates and seems to have no end , b ut if you are consistent, organized , and do it as it comes up, you can sta y a bove the rising waters . 6. Collaboration: Ask for Help. Though you should be capable of t eaching alone, collaboration an d communication with other teach- ers can be a huge benefit. If you wai t t oo long to ask for help, you can fin d yourself too far behind to recover. B y seeking out colleagues, you can learn from their successes, empa - thize about the problems you share , solve problems together, and seek the help of veteran teachers and admin- istrators. Never feel that asking fo r help makes you appear to be a poor t eacher. Some of the best teachers I know collaborate often. Ask a col - league to observe your class infor- mally for suggestions; a new point o f view can be invaluable! Eric Gibbons is an art teacher and the author of the blog ArtEdGuru and many other art education publications. LOVSART@ gmail.com, www.artedguru. com, www.FirehousePublications.com Eric Gibbons receive the same consequences as the student you have difficulty with so that all can see and understand you are fair and consistent. 3. Professionalism: Keep your personal life private. Though it is fine to be friendly to students, it is important that you do not cross the line to become a friend. You are the instructor and need to remain the authority figure. There's no need to "dominate" the class, but sharing too much personal informa- tion can be problematic, especially in this age of the Internet. Do not friend your students online. Though some teachers will friend former students, Never feel that asking for help make ou appear to be a poor teacher. 12 SEPTEMBER 2017 SchoolArts

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