Were you “prepared” to teach?

Here's a collage from a project I did at my first teaching job.

Here’s a collage from a project I did at my first teaching job.

I wasn’t.

I like to refer to my first month of school as “the crying days.”

There wasn’t a day that passed in that first month where I didn’t question my decision to become a teacher.

I had no experience beyond that of my own learning and what I thought I knew about teaching from a student’s perspective.

We all know that this is a folly.

Needless to say, I was ill-prepared.

No bathroom or classroom key. No curriculum. No student teaching, only a modicum of classroom observation experience and teaching theory from my certification classes in my masters program.Looking back now, I’m often shocked I made it to my middle career. Support was slim. Times were tough and my patience was tried, often.

But I toughed it out…

Because I knew that I had found my calling. As cheesy as it sounds, I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Here are some things I wish I would have known before I started teaching (and what prompted me to write Teaching Mythology Exposed):

Most of all, I’d tell new teachers that there is no one right way to teach. Do what works for you. Establish good tools by watching people you respect – people kids respect. Get into other classrooms, ask a lot of questions. This is where most of the learning happens.

Where did you get your best tools for teaching? Please share


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