Simulation Rules You are a new teacher at EBS High. Meet as many people as you can. Get your paperwork filled out. Solve any problems that come your way. Your ultimate goal is to make it to our staff social.
Simulation Debrief Any negative experiences? What got in the way of achieving the objective quickly? Ways that you could have proactively improved upon your experience? What in the simulation was hyperbolized and why.
Stuff We Wished We Knew Its okay to: Be overwhelmed. Ask what an acronym means. Not know… you just got there! Ask for help. The low-down on evaluations. Questions youll want answers to as soon as possible.
Seeking Balance Divide into groups of four. Open up The Teaching Life and begin balancing the life youve signed up for. One person will want to be reading parts of the Guidebook out loud to the rest of the group.
Step One: The Green Pieces (Personal Responsibilities) Step Two: The Blue Pieces (Professional Responsibilities) The Teaching Life
Step Three: The Red Pieces (Crises!) Step Four: The Yellow Pieces (Consequences) The Teaching Life
Board Game Debrief Share an experience you had or an insight you gained during gameplay Any questions about the game? Adding it up...check out the bottom of the box.
Mapping Your Path Looking at all the green pieces on the board, make a personal list of your top 4 priorities. May we suggest that your top 4 include some variation of: Preparing and eating meals Sleeping Personal care, hobbies, and downtime Nurturing relationships important to you
Good teachers... Together, lets generate a list of the skills and attributes of a good teacher. Individually, prioritize the items we generated in your own personal list.
For Every Ideal There is a Time Connect the top 3 items on YOUR good teacher list to a game piece they correspond with.
Make a Plan Lets create a year plan for your first year of teaching... for you and for your e-portfolio, this is your first TPGP! Assuming you can learn three new things in a year, take a look at your prioritized list of good teacher skills and determine which skills you will focus on in your first year. Take a look at your board. Each of you remove one piece that for your group members, is of low priority during year 1.
Some Time-Saving Ideas… 140 character reflections. Share your planning load. Keep in mind that kids need practice doing more than you need practice marking; learn to tell what does and doesnt need to be marked. Assistant positions are great for your beginning extra curricular activities. As much as you want to, avoid taking a lead role in at least your first two years. Get parents addresses and create distribution lists rather than phoning home all the time.
CoF and FLU Season In your first years of teaching, invariably you will come down with some sort of CoF or FLU.
C.o.F. Crisis of Faith You feel: As though you have no idea what you are doing, like you havent taught anyone anything all year - who let you into a classroom anyways? Prognosis: Moments of self-doubt are a temporary and normal part of teacher growth. You are becoming the teacher your students deserve. Remedy: Take a moment to express your self- doubt to a colleague, remind yourself of a great lesson you had, and of one positive interaction with a student. Shake it off and keep at it!
Remember... Do the best you can given your current resources: beginning teacher skill set an introduction to teaching concepts/strategies time available supports/resources Your ultimate goal is to make it to our staff social.
F.L.U. Feeling of Lowered Understanding You feel: As though you are working against the system. You dont understand decisions that are being made for you. Wont somebody please think of the children?! Prognosis: School systems can be complex mazes of paperwork and policy. Youll wade through it! Remedy: Ask a veteran teacher you trust for help. If its paperwork, chip away at it a little at a time. If its policy, ask who you should approach for clarification and how. Protect yourself but advocate for students if you think its right to do so.
CoF and FLU Season It is important to recognize that CoFs and FLUs are opportunities for personal and professional growth. They are totally normal. In fact, it would be abnormal to not get the occasional CoF or FLU. Welcome CoFs and FLUs as signs that you are becoming the teacher your students deserve, the teacher you imagine yourself being - just dont let them hang around for too long.
Burnout Something that happens to people who dont like kids. Something that happens to people who shouldnt be in the classroom to begin with. Something that happens to teachers who have been in the trenches for a bajillion years. Something that wont happen to you. is Not…
Burnout is… What happens when the symptoms of prolonged stress become a disease. Something that happens most often to people in caring professions such as: nursing, ministry, psychology, and education. According to research, the best and most enthusiastic of us are the most susceptible to burnout.
Stress vs. Burnout: What to Look For Self-isolation. Getting less than six hours of sleep a night. Going an entire week without actually preparing a meal, (Considering the chocolate bar you got from the schools vending machine at 2:00 p.m. lunch.) Wake up dreading the day more than once or twice in a semester. Emotional outpouring that doesnt match the trigger. Feeling unable to shut-off, yet being generally ineffective in accomplishing tasks. Experiencing a physical symptom that will not go away after four weeks yet has no explainable cause other than being run-down.
Life-Saving Strategies Tape your priority list to your bathroom mirror. Set it as the background on your desktop. Collage it onto a place mat on your dinner table. Tattoo it on your forehead. Return to your personal priorities often, especially when you are feeling overwhelmed at work.
Organize a salad club with other staff members. Remember, sometimes a completion mark is enough. Cook in large quantities and freeze. Dont over-complicate what you dont have to. Be reasonable about the number of stellar units/lessons you can create each semester - borrow the rest. Sleep. Get together with other new teachers regularly (library field trip!). Eat well. Learn to laugh at the moments that make you want to cry. Dont beat yourself up over minor-that-feel-like-major lapses in judgement. Weve all done something truly dumb in the classroom. Exercise. Did we mention sleep? Make time for your friends and family. You wont regret not getting those projects back a day earlier. Life-Saving Strategies
Say no (diplomatically) You know, I would really love to do that, but I have this pile of essays I need to get back to the kids. Its so great that the (school/department/you) are taking that on, if I have some time after I finish (marking/planning/supervising/connecting with parents/meeting with student services/updating my course website/my committee meeting/football practice/this field trip paperwork) I would love to help out. Wow! Thats a really great idea, Ill help you celebrate when its done. Neat! Im focusing on my in-class teaching (today/this semester/this year), but Id love to help out in the future.
Suggested Reading Breaking the Silence: Beginning teachers share pathways out of the profession, by Jaime Beck https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/27689 I Shouldnt Be Telling You This–A story of teacher burnout and attrition, by Nan Nassef Understanding Teacher Burnout, by Teri Wood & Chris McCarthy Coping with Teacher Stress, by Hector M. Earle M. Earle Understanding Job Burnout, by Christina Maslach (Chapter 4) ewood+Cliffs,+NJ:+Prentice+Hall.&ots=TmWxACfyu0&sig=k8o9DzDfxu8B9BWipiyxx1r48RI#v=onepage&q=Maslach%2C%20C.%20%281982%29.%20Burno ut%3A%20The%20cost%20of%20caring%20.%20Englewood%20Cliffs%2C%20NJ%3A%20Prentice%20Hall.&f=false by Christina Maslach (Chapter 4) ut%3A%20The%20cost%20of%20caring%20.%20Englewood%20Cliffs%2C%20NJ%3A%20Prentice%20Hall.&f=false Teacher Resilience: A Necessary Condition for Effectiveness, by Qing Gu & Christopher Day 1&_user= &_coverDate=11%2F30%2F2007&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_oriTeacher Resilience: A Necessary Condition for Effectiveness, by Qing Gu & Christopher Day 1&_user= &_coverDate=11%2F30%2F2007&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=gateway&_origin=gateway&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId= &_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C &_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid= &md5=501a77045d9ef4ac2e57d7b90d6c295c&s earchtype=a Signs of burnout questionnaire
Bear in mind that teaching is part art, part science, and part accident. Learn your craft over time. Dont try to control things you cannot. Enjoy it.