4 Things New Teachers Must Do to Help Change the World for the Better
Are you a new teacher? It’s essential to know by now that it’s not your job to change the world.
Did that come out wrong?
Your excitement might be brimming out, and you can’t contain the jitters that are filling your stomach because the school starts the next day. We know what you’re thinking right now—that you’re in a noble pursuit because you’re going to be touching the lives of the hope of the next generation. Don’t let this go into your head and carry your wits away.
It’s not your job to change the world. But you will, one day at a time, one life at a time. So you have a duty to do it right.
Teachers are agents of change. The best ones do this job even when they are underpaid. The fact that on average, US teachers only get paid $44,000 a year should not cause disillusionment. You already know that this is not a lucrative career, but you’re still here. That means you are going to have to give your best despite your limited resources.
It’s fulfilling to be a teacher. You get to help an individual reach his or her full potential because of the passion you have in you. There are unlimited chances for you to interact with multiple students every day, touch their genius, and that in itself is rewarding. Moreover, the community respects you. People will always be at awe and in admiration at the fact that you can keep children inside a classroom, teach them what you know, and come out in one piece.
All of these make teaching very exciting. So what can you do to do the job, right? The answer is you start from the beginning—the first day of your teaching career.
1. Connect with your colleagues.
As a new teacher, you must initiate the talk with the other teachers. Don’t expect them to be the first to make a move. Be proactive. You must connect with them because they can help you with the lesson plans, grade computations, and the other aspects of teaching that you need to go through.
Other than that, establishing an excellent professional relationship with your co-teachers will teach you about their time-tested ideas, which you can apply or tweak so that you will become an effective teacher.
Moreover, teachers with long years of experience can help you avoid the common mistakes that new teachers make. They can provide the motivation you need when you’re unsure of what you’re doing.
2. Build a base of support with the parents.
Don’t let the parents contact you only because of negative reasons. There’s no reason you should hold back from communicating with the parents. How else can you better help a child? Remember the African saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” You can’t do it all, nor can the parents.
So being in communication with each other provides a better avenue for a child’s problems or shortcomings to be addressed. Other than talking about the child’s mishaps, both you and the parents must focus on the child’s positive attributes. It is tedious to contact the parents and talk to them regularly, but that’s how it should be done.
3. Take good care of yourself.
You can’t give what you do not have. How can you inspire your students when you’re no longer motivated to teach them because your mind is somewhere else? The paperwork might burn you out, so you must take good care of yourself.
Find the balance. For instance, you value sleep, but you also want to get to work early. You struggle to do both because of the paperwork that kept you up all night. A conflict in values will always create stress that disrupts the balance you are looking for. Get yourself a break and sketch out what a balanced life is for you and turn that into a reality.
4. You are changing the world for the better, even when you don’t feel like you do.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the results of our efforts. Teaching a child is like planting an apple tree in your backyard. You dug the hole, planted the seedling, added fertilizers, watered it every day, and gave it the TLC it needed. But you’ll never enjoy the harvest because you have to move away. Someone else will eat and enjoy the apples.
A child’s full growth is not instantly evident. You’ll only notice it years after you part ways. What you can do is to trust that the fruits of your labour will bear more fruits that will feed the whole world someday.
Becoming a teacher is a beautiful pursuit. It can be overwhelming, but it is most often rewarding. The rewards are not found in the salary grade. It is in the lives of the children you taught and will continue to prepare for the years to come. That’s how you change the world, whether you like it or not.
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