3 Things New Teachers Need To Know About Teaching Preschool
New teachers often feel overwhelmed by all that they need to learn in order to teach well. This article will give you an overview of the most important aspects of being a preschool teacher.
You will make mistakes.
As a new teacher, you will inevitably make mistakes. However, these mistakes do not define who you are as a teacher. Instead, they should serve as learning opportunities. Mistakes are inevitable when you are first starting out. If you are able to recognize them and use them to improve yourself, then you will become a better teacher. Even seasoned teachers make mistakes. There will be times when you don't handle a situation in the best way or you plan an activity that doesn’t turn out the way you imagined or the children are not engaged. Admitting something didn’t work out is the best way to strategize new practices.
You will feel like an imposter at times
It is normal to feel like an impostor when you first begin teaching. This feeling comes from the fact that you are doing something that you have never done before. While this feeling is uncomfortable, it does not mean that you are failing. In fact, it means that you are succeeding! Most teachers encounter situations where they just wing it! When working with children, there are many changing variables that will require teachers to abruptly abandon their plans and come up with new ones on the fly. The best part of working with children is that they rarely know when you are winging it!
You will get frustrated with some aspects of the job.
As a teacher, you will face challenges at every turn. However, there are ways to overcome these obstacles. First, try to understand why you are having trouble. If you do not understand what is going wrong, then you cannot fix it. Second, ask for help. Many people who work as teachers have been through similar situations. They can offer advice and guidance. Third, keep learning. Learning is one of the keys to success in any profession and in particular teaching. This is why continued professional development is a requirement for those working with young children.
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