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Ten things every new teacher should know

Readers give advice on classroom management, teaching profession

Ten things every new teacher should know

“I wish I had been told that classroom management was more important than teaching skills," said one reader.

Perhaps you’ve had this thought before: “If I knew then what I know now…”

You know the material. You know there will be some “problem” students—but what else do you need to know before you take that first step in the classroom?

In today’s often volatile teaching environment, and with expectations heightened, it’s critical to be prepared. In a recent Question of the Week, we asked readers: “What’s the one thing you wish your education professors had told you about teaching or classroom management?”

From school of education experts to veteran teachers with decades of experience under their belts, eSchool News readers weighed in by the dozens with their best or most useful advice for beginning teachers. Based on these suggestions, here are our readers’ top 10 pieces of wisdom for those considering teaching (edited for brevity).

What do you think of these suggestions? Do you have any advice of your own to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

10. Make sure your professors have experience with current instructional practices.

“It would be very difficult to answer this question having taught almost 27 years, but I do know what my student teachers come without. Most … come without current knowledge. I have a student teacher starting this fall with no knowledge of reading and writing workshop, standards-based grading, current authors, etc. Most of my student teachers have method course instructors who are not regularly in the classroom. It is vital that college professors are either experienced classroom teachers … or currently in a classroom on a regular basis.” —Sherril Studley, high school English/Career Forward teacher

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Comments:

  1. viniciuslemos

    August 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Nice ideas. As an EFL teacher in Brazil, I would pick behavior control as one of the greatest challenges in the classroom. It`s important to be consistent in attitude and make students realize the class can be serious stuff and still a pleasant environment to be in.

  2. viniciuslemos

    August 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Nice ideas. As an EFL teacher in Brazil, I would pick behavior control as one of the greatest challenges in the classroom. It`s important to be consistent in attitude and make students realize the class can be serious stuff and still a pleasant environment to be in.

  3. hparry

    August 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the excellent advice. As a veteran teacher, I can let you know your suggestions do work.

  4. hparry

    August 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the excellent advice. As a veteran teacher, I can let you know your suggestions do work.

  5. RalphSchmidt

    August 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Get to know your students. Students are all social beings and need to know that teachers care about them. Being able to talk to students about something they have an interest in can go a long way in building a rapport that pays dividends in the classroom.

  6. RalphSchmidt

    August 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Get to know your students. Students are all social beings and need to know that teachers care about them. Being able to talk to students about something they have an interest in can go a long way in building a rapport that pays dividends in the classroom.