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15 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Becoming a Teacher

15 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Becoming a Teacher

Jill Hare | Editor,

9. Getting supplies for class is sometimes impossible unless you spend your own money.

I’ve taught in schools where money flows freely, but I’ve also taught in schools where the purse strings are tight. Be resourceful in everything you do. And if you do spend your own money, keep your receipts! I’ve seen many teachers post wish lists on their bulletins boards or websites. Don’t be afraid to ask parents for supplies that you need or would like for an extra project. If the parents of your students are not able to help, try asking your local merchants and organizations.

10. The day before a vacation day brings back child-like excitement.

You can feel it in the air when you step in school the last day before a holiday break. Even if it’s raining outside there’s a certain buzz in the school. Teachers have a spring in their step and students seem excited to learn. Breaks are great to look forward to. They help give teachers and students renewal and refocus. The bad part? The last five minute before the bell seem to last forever.

Quiz: What’s Your Vacation Vibe?

11. You’ll make some of your best friends teaching in a school.

The year I started teaching there were 15 other newbies in my school. A lot of turnover had taken place- people retiring and having babies. Although we were sprinkled throughout the school in different grades, subjects, and locations, we always stuck together. There were several veteran teachers that took us in and showed us the ropes. I still see almost all of the teachers that I used to teach with at that school. We can pick up a conversation like time hasn’t passed.

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12. The internet is your friend.

When I was in college and started teaching, the internet was just taking off. I can only imagine (or hope) how teaching training has changed over the years. Start a blog for self-reflection, but make it anonymous if you really want to air it all. If you feel funny about asking other teachers at your school for help, ask a teacher on Teaching for help. Again, if you want to remain anonymous, send a questions to Dear Julia. Using the internet for your career can help give you insight about how your students use it and how you can incorporate technology in your teaching.

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