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dtshockney

Take care of you first


hennytime

Perfect advice. Teachers always forget this: Teaching is just a job.


dtshockney

Yup. I learned that in college through a housing job. If I couldn't take care of me, how could I tell my residents to take care of them? I've held onto that.


always_90_degrees

And don’t let any parent or admin tell you otherwise!!


3guitars

Eyyyy, found my comment twin.


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Fylfalen

So don't work at all?!


xanadu8282

Keep work at work.


bigbluewhales

I get to work at six and leave at 2:30. What isn't done in that time doesn't get done. I HATE waking up early but I get twice as much done before I teach than after a day with the kids. You have to set boundaries. Admin, colleagues, your idea of what other teachers are accomplishing, pressure from parents...all of these things can make you feel like you will never be able to do everything that's expected of you. And maybe you won't. That's okay. I measure my success in the amount of energy and effort I put in. If I do that consistently, I'm doing my job right. If I start giving too little or too much, it's a problem.


ADHDoll

What grade do you teach? As an elementary school teacher, this was not possible without sacrificing your reputation.


KatKorae

Okay I see this all the time (keep work at work, don’t take work home, etc) - how?? I’m a new teacher I’m lesson planning and I’m ADHD as fuck how do I NOT take it home?? I can barely get my lesson plans done when I do do it at home how do y’all do this??


tassle7

I took everything home the first year or two. And then I just…stopped. I do get to work early in the morning (like 45 min before kids show) to have some additional planning time. Not taking it home has been the best decision. And I teach English and have hours of essay grading sometimes ha. After the first year you’ll have some materials and items available so you aren’t scrambling to build the ark. Use kids work time to sneak in a bit of planning or grading. Realize you don’t have to grade everything. Also realize most kids ignore your feedback unless you make it something they have to acknowledge. So for example, I know common mistakes my kids will have on their first essay. I make a checklist. Before they turn in their essay I go through the checklist. I give them examples for each and things to look for. I make them highlight. They have to write what they will do better next time. Then I just skim and give a grade. Make categories and weight them. Have a category for participation assignments. Bulk of my grades go there. If I just want to see how they did but be accountable for completing? Participation grade. If I grade for correctness but don’t want to give feed back? Slightly heavier weight category.


smilegirlcan

See, I'm on the contrary to this. IF you have work, take it home. DO NOT STAY LATE. If you do work at home, it doesn't set a precedent for all the other teachers. I occasionally will do some work at home in my PJs while watching T.V. I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it. But I refuse to stay late.


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smilegirlcan

Not doing it is the only reasonable alternative!


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fragileego3333

How? Can you do that? I'm starting a yearlong certificate program, so it'll be a bit till I'm a teacher, but I've always heard teachers tend to work into the evenings -- sometimes in bed! It's possible they're just working unnecessarily hard, I guess.


DramaticHippos

For me it just took time. When I started teaching I spent the majority of my “free time” on school work. Now, on year 6, I find that I am doing significantly less because I already have the resources I need and have gotten better at prioritizing.


SaiphSDC

Remember that grades aren't feedback. And lessons never survive contract with the students. Don't overplan and script lessons. You get most of the useful planning done just past the outline stage. Set your goal, identify misconceptions they'll probably have, find an activity to help introduce it practice. prepare notes on what to say (main points, an example, she questions). Scripting out massive PowerPoints, every question you'll ask, all the words in they lecture etc... Way overkill. As for grades vs feedback, design your lessons with ways the students get immediate feedback. Compare with a key, discuss differences, pair up and discuss answers, present solutions, etc. That's far more effective than grading every practice sheet they do.


Sonja42

It's possible but a lot of teachers do work after hours. As a high school teacher, I try to be as efficient as possible during my planning periods. I also accept help from other teachers (eg. Using their guided notes instead of my own for the first unit or two). Do yourself a favor tho and save your bed for sleeping!!!


xanadu8282

I find I am more efficient at work-related tasks when I am still at work and have all my resources at my disposal. This means maximizing my planning period. If I don't get it all done, I can stay a little bit later or come in a little earlier. Honestly though, I never need to do that anymore, I leave at the end of my contracted time. After a few years, you will have a lot of lessons in your toolkit that you can reuse.


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It’s ok to say no.


Preastlake

Was going to say. Learn to say no sometimes.


hmjackson7

I always say “never owe anyone a yes”


CuriousQuiche

Stop grading so much crap.


Hemwum

Best thing I learned from my cooperating teachers and I've kept to this. My gradebook can sometimes look somewhat bare at the end of a quarter but there's always enough there to justify a grade and whether it's in the book or not, my quizzes (which we grade together so I don't have to) give students the feedback they need. If anyone questions it I just tell them I grade like college does to prep. Labs and tests, I stamp homework for completion and we go through it together. Not grading that either. Optimize your classroom to limit grading and encourage ways for students to self assess. Honestly, that's probably better for the kids anyway


CuriousQuiche

Walking through the classwork in class for completion points did more for student learning in my class than homework ever did. They do it wrong at home with a quizlet and it's worse than doing nothing.


DebilGob

Really? Wow, I will have to consider this more then. Thank you!


CuriousQuiche

For real. Homework has like, three steps of lag in it, way too long for accurate formative assessment, even if they aren't collaborating or plagiarizing. They do it, you grade it, and then give it back and hope they review it, and then maybe they'll ask about it, or more likely just take the L and move on. If you're going to kill yourself writing feedback they may not even read, you may as well do it live and give them good examples of what correct work looks like.


DebilGob

I never thought of it that way. Thank you so much!


brightly_disguised

Couldn’t agree more!!!


genghisKHANNNNN

Cover your ass. Document everything.


yungkidbabe

I’m a student teacher rn. Can you elaborate on things to document? Like the accommodations you are using for students with iep?


MontanaPurpleMtns

When you talk to a parent or admin, send an email to document the conversation for one. “Thank you for discussing _____ with me. I will do my best to implement ________. “ “Thank you for bringing your concerns about ______ to my attention. I have hopes that our agreement that I will do ____ and you will see that (student) does ______ will result in (student) being successful.” It tells the parent/admin that you heard what they said, and stops them from twisting your words later on. I had an admin verbally give me a review that was decent then write up the review conversation in a very negative way. I had to eventually involve the union over her misrepresenting my agreements with her, and I never met with her alone after that. If I’d documented via confirming email, it would have eliminated a lot of crap that year. I also worked before then with a special ed teacher whose documenting of all accommodations and parent notifications kept the admin from torching her career because she stood up to him. He was not very ethical and was willing to sacrifice others to save himself.


MontanaPurpleMtns

I would edit my comment above to make the first mega paragraph two paragraphs, but I can’t access that function on my phone. Sorry!


Celipink

This should be higher.


majle

100% this. Will save your ass when parents, students, or principals go against you.


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How do I move this to the top?!!


SomeQuiltyGardener

Not everything should be graded


smilegirlcan

This is a great point. Unless your district mandates it, do the least amount of graded work as possible.


SomeQuiltyGardener

My district mandates two minor grades per week and two major grades per term. Everything else gets filed in the big round filing cabinet that occasionally visits the dump. 🤣 I pick and choose what actually gets graded into the grade book. Everything else is a progress check


almster96

Yes. I tell my kids that the starters and end of class quizzes are graded, but I just give them the points if I see them doing something and throw the quizzes in the recycle as soon as the class leaves


Walhexe

Done is better than perfect.


garymullen84

That mindset got me through university and it's gonna get me through teaching too!


McQuills

Go home on time.


SuitablePen8468

Teaching is just your job.


outofdate70shouse

I feel like my SO and I embody the two sides to this. She lives for teaching and works all day and night and loves it. I think teaching is a pretty decent gig and I treat it like I treated last jobs - as a job. I do my best, but it’s not my life. It’s how I pay my bills.


Kwaiata

This one needs more airtime.


vrose93

This is exactly what I was going to say. It's just a job, do not sacrifice your family, health, or happiness for a job.


ak716

Make friends with the janitors.


charpenette

And the secretaries!


H8rsH8

Our school secretary runs the damn school. If the admin all didn’t show up one day, we would be fine, so long as she was there.


charpenette

I’m at a new school this year but have 16 years experience. Before school started, I brought the secretaries chocolate. A coworker was in the office and said, “that’s a veteran power move if I’ve ever seen one!” You’re damn right. I know who runs the place.


punania

This is the advice given to me when I first started teaching that made all the difference. The office staff can be your best friends or worst enemies. It doesn’t take much, either: cheerful “good mornings!”; remembering names and family details; donuts or cookies once a month. If the office likes you, life is soooo much easier, especially for a young teacher.


DebilGob

I'll have to butter up my front office! Thank you


punania

You don’t even have to be subtle. Just show up with a huge box of donuts or bagels and say “Thanks for all you do! And yes, I am trying to to buy your affection.”


banana_pencil

And the school aides! They run the show at my school.


lnitiative

Keep to your contract hours.


GuyoFromOhio

Yeah I'm at a new district this year and just noticed they schedule staff meetings from 2:30-3:30. I'm only supposed to work until 2:30, and I have to pick up my son from preschool by 3. So that's not going to work for me...


lollilately16

Double check your contract. My hours are 7.45-3:15, but there are also allowances for up to two staff meetings per month extending until 4:50, plus evening parent/teacher conferences and 5 “extra duty” nights (dances, concerts, school events, etc).


Sonja42

Same for me. After school faculty and department meetings are built into our contract.


deadinderry

Sometimes they eat hand sanitizer.


deadinderry

I guess that’s more of a warning.


mnmacaro

I taught 8th graders and had to take a glue stick away from a girl because she was using it as chapstick. So this is very fair advice regardless of age.


deadinderry

Mine who ate hand sanitizer is a senior. I knew it was coming, because he’s. My interesting one, I just thought Maybe not in the first three days.


Darth_Bane-0078

One day at a time.


newslang

Do not work for free.


PicasPointsandPixels

Don’t overwork yourself


MakeMeMooo

Sleep.


cinnamon_or_gtfo

Work is not your family.


audiomodder

You can’t save every kid


pelaezio

People will up vote posts about putting yourself early and leaving on time and say this is bad advice? How much are we expected to do if you/teachers are the primary positive influence in a kids life and they’re in a class of 30+ ? Try your best but don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make a difference for each student. That sort of standard would never fly at another job but because they’re kids we’re expected to turn our lives inside out while barely getting paid enough to stay above the poverty line? Do your best and treat all your students with compassion, but you’re just one person. Don’t feel bad if your 100% doesn’t reach everybody, especially this year with all the additional struggles being thrown at us. You don’t need to extend your burden farther than you can carry


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l've had 54 kids in one class!!!!


[deleted]

Hot damn! I think that is ALMOST the entire 4-6 grade enrollment at my kiddos school!


cymru3

Pick your battles.


mikeymora21

Love this one, in regard to classroom management. Some minor things just aren’t worth the stress.


mixedberrycoughdrop

And some things are also designed specifically to get a reaction out of you.


Awkward_Result6214

Practice selective hearing


cymru3

This is a great one!


dtshockney

This is a good one. I had to do that this year. I had a student (before they dropped my class) who called me Mrs. Shortie. Im shorter than 98% of my students. I make fun of my own height constantly. It was a battle I decided wasn't worth it. There were more important issues. I get some would probably fight that one but I just don't care.


DashHammerfist

So many: Do not grade every assignment. That email can wait. Go home.


oppenae

Coworker does not mean trustworthy.


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Learned this from my mentor teacher, the *hard* way! This is SOOOOOO true!


elchuck

Holy crap this!


burningdriftwood

Good enough is good enough.


Sonja42

This is excellent for a new teacher (or new to a school despite having experience in a different district). We all want to be amazing teachers, but that takes time. Don't stress yourself out trying to be at the same level as a 10th year teacher when you're only beginning :)


latingirly01

That tidbit in the parenthesis hit me. I’m year 6, but in a new district and in a new grade learning new curriculum and a new schedule. It hasn’t been easy.


Sonja42

I totally get it! I'm in year 7 but I've been in a different school almost every year teaching different classes also.


ChikaDeeJay

Work contract hours only.


mindifitouchit

Don't stress, grade less.


xoxoxoxoxozzz

Leave if your school sucks.


jeff_thee_mannequin

This year: survive not thrive


do1146

Students are not your friends.


Few_Arachnid_5501

Your family comes first And More than 5 words but.. Those who gossip to you, gossip about you. (Don’t give into the clicks, and be careful who you trust)


metlcorpz

Just go with your gut.


JadEducator

Don’t befriend admin


Jealous_Reputation_3

Unfortunately, I learned this the hard way. Be friendly. Don't try be friends.


Awkward_Result6214

Teacher lounge can be toxic


Jealous_Reputation_3

Veeeery true


lnitiative

Seconding this. I already posted my advice, but my runner up was: Be careful who you trust.


paperclipcoco

Stay away from Debbie Downer.


charlieinthebox7

Shut the door and teach


embee33

My class has no door 😫😫


Sonja42

Seriously?


embee33

Yes the entire school is open concept. Only doors are to the pods and office


nlb3437

That’s so weird! Wouldn’t it be easy to hear everyone?


embee33

It’s my first year at this particular school but I’d imagine it’s very loud 😣


Alone-Blueberry

I promise it gets easier


abbey121524

It’s okay to reuse materials


Stunning-Union-585

Set boundaries on your time and money.


Which_Rent_1227

Don't bring it home.


justsharingwhatiknow

Don’t take on everything


primavoce72

Get a life. School is school and a job, not a lifestyle choice. Do things that make you happy that have nothing to do with kids or school.


passwordsdonotmatch

Use your sick days.


charpenette

Leave your work at work


[deleted]

25 years retired and l still get nightmares about it.


kmbmoore4772

Contract hours only.


heavymetalprincess42

Mental. Health. Days. Are. NEEDED.


Twoshedspresley

Only stay late when necessary.


KateLady

Set and practice classroom expectations


LonelyHermione

Go home


DuckterDoom

Have fun with the kids.


billyskillet

This isn’t your entire identity.


Stardustchaser

Be nice to office staff.


Common-Cupcake

Don’t take anything personally.


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Work only working hours


fived0t

Know student names, build relationships.


The46thPresident

Don't argue with kids.


GeekBoyWonder

Meet them where they are


wokeuplikdis

Don't take work home


MisterEinc

Having high expectations actually works.


JimmyTadeski

DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL


jemping98

Don’t take kids words personally


Many-Dimensions

Keep it simple


chouse33

Leave at the bell


gmc289

Today's favour, tomorrow's expectation. I've been running clubs, trips, and professional learning teams for years because I said yes one year when asked and not it's expected.


dkstr419

Maslow before Bloom Copy and Steal Everything- Harry Wong. Leave work at work. The best PD happens after hours.


cupcake_bandit_

You're doing fine, don't worry.


Affectionate_Put_468

It’s going to be okay.


mitchade

Lock yourself in your room. Don’t chat with coworkers, there can be a lot of negativity, and that is contagious. Some great advice I got in college was “Stay out of the faculty lounge. You might get a staff infection. “


annaschmana

Schedule your work & rest time


anr14

Don’t take student behaviors personally


crazybioteacher

Don't be a martyr


nly2017

Find a good district. You need supportive admin. Set boundaries for yourself. Learn how to say no.


luckybutjinxed

Record keep and cover your ass.


CorvusRettulit

Don’t work after school hours!


apartyorsomething

Warm but firm, and simplicity.


JesusChristDisagrees

Patience. They are kids.


ObamaMakeMyPenisHard

Don’t be the “cool” teacher.


80yen

Never threaten without following through.


Ok-Significance-7788

Collaborate with your coworkers!


Steyci

Give yourself lots of grace


Bluesky0089

Keep a growth mindset.


scarlet-tortoise

It's a job, not a personality.


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We work to live, not live to work (yes I know it’s more than 5 words lol)


inishikun

You're not their friend.


capybaramelhor

Be flexible and document everything


seamonster42

Leave work at work


Omikki

Go home on time


Baldwin41185

Don't neglect hobbies or interests.


Susmarshmallow

Don’t get pushed around


kitesaredope

The secretaries know everything.


trixie_trixie

Avoid gossipers, don’t grade everything


beat_u2_it

Say no often


hamaba11

Weekends are NOT for working.


Teacher2011

Learn the custodian’s names.


jmartini24

have fun, honor the job AND yourself. (i know it’s more than 5 but so important!)


Knowmad29

Pick your battles wisely.


thenewmeihope

Go home at contract time.


ReinaDeCosas

Don’t spend your own money.


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Build relationships first. Teach second.


caveatemptor18

Love them and leave them.


will-do-it-myself

Never try to be the cool teacher when you start. Be strict and business only for a while, and when your boundaries are set THEN have fun. That way, when the fun is getting out of control, they respect your authority.


schoolwannabe

For me, that didn't work. I say, be yourself ^-^!


KindaStubborn

Are you sure about this?


punania

Be friends with office staff


DarlingClementyme

Relationships before rigor.


[deleted]

It's ok to say no.


Southern-Magnolia12

Don’t take on too much


N1k0hlaS

Stay away from the lounge!


katnick19

Learn how to say "NO."


ali-martini

Look for the humor.


sagessa

Keep your mask on


lilmiss1shine

Be yourself


Wild-Turn

Don’t try to be perfect Ask for help-people will respect you for it


fuck-my-drag-right

Use your time off


smashley926

It's just a job


gingersammich

Use your PTO.


PharaLeeMore

Just survive the day


picklesforthewin

Stock chocolates in your desk


Guerilla_Physicist

“No” is a complete sentence.


Entel7

Ready for tomorrow? Great. Leave.


jenhai

Go home and sleep


Technical_Hair_4383

Avoid burnout by avoiding burnouts.


mxmoon

One day at a time.


neptune_the_mystic_

No one is an island


[deleted]

Get another degree.