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1 Survive and Thrive in Your First Five
The Insider’s Guide for Beginning Teachers EBS Owen Chan Jaime Beck

2 Teacher stress in the news:




6 schedule 9:00 – 9:10 > Introduction 9:10 – 9:30 > Simulation
9:30 – 9: > Simulation debrief 9:45 – 10: > The Teaching Life™ board game 10:25 – 10:35 > Game debrief 10:35 – 10:45 > Break 10:34 – 11:10 > Mapping your path 11:10 – 11:45 > Time-saving compromises & Discussion

7 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. invite students into the role of new teachers, classroom teacher and I will play EBS High administrators, explain the bell, switch to simulation: welcome speech, move over to give out handbooks, then do swahili instructions

8 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. the story of our first day “orientation”

9 Stuff We Wished We Knew It’s okay to: Be overwhelmed.
Ask what an acronym means. Not know… you just got there! Ask for help. The low-down on evaluations. Questions you’ll want answers to as soon as possible. Nan’s evaluation story, handbook discussion, calling a sub story,

10 Seeking Balance Divide into groups of four.
Open up The Teaching Life and begin balancing the life you’ve signed up for. One person will want to be reading parts of the Guidebook out loud to the rest of the group. pass around media release

11 The Teaching Life Step One: The Green Pieces
(Personal Responsibilities) Step Two: The Blue Pieces (Professional Responsibilities)

12 The Teaching Life Step Three: The Red Pieces (Crises!) Step Four:
The Yellow Pieces (Consequences)

13 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. debriefing discussion, one bullet at a time

14 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

15 Good teachers... Together, let’s generate a list of the skills and attributes of a good teacher. Individually, prioritize the items we generated in your own personal list. bullets one at a time, classroom teacher can be the note taker

16 For Every Ideal There is a Time
Connect the top 3 items on YOUR good teacher list to a game piece they correspond with.

17 Make a Plan Let’s 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. give prioritization tip here

18 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 doesn’t 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. Others you learned over your practicum

19 CoF and FLU Season In your first years of teaching, invariably you will come down with some sort of CoF or FLU.

20 C.o.F. Crisis of Faith You feel: As though you have no idea what you are doing, like you haven’t 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!

21 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.

22 F.L.U. Feeling of Lowered Understanding
You feel: As though you are working against the system. You don’t understand decisions that are being made for you. Won’t somebody please think of the children?! Prognosis: School systems can be complex mazes of paperwork and policy. You’ll wade through it! Remedy: Ask a veteran teacher you trust for help. If it’s paperwork, chip away at it a little at a time. If it’s policy, ask who you should approach for clarification and how. Protect yourself but advocate for students if you think it’s right to do so.

23 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 don’t let them hang around for too long.

24 Burnout is Not… Something that happens to people who don’t like kids.
Something that happens to people who shouldn’t be in the classroom to begin with. Something that happens to teachers who have been “in the trenches” for a bajillion years. Something that won’t happen to you.

25 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.

26 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 school’s vending machine at 2:00 p.m. “lunch.”) Wake up dreading the day more than once or twice in a semester. Emotional outpouring that doesn’t 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.

27 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. Let’s hear your life-saving strategies...

28 Life-Saving Strategies
Organize a “salad club” with other staff members. Remember, sometimes a completion mark is enough. Cook in large quantities and freeze. Don’t over-complicate what you don’t 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. Don’t beat yourself up over minor-that-feel-like-major lapses in judgement. We’ve all done something truly dumb in the classroom. Exercise. Did we mention sleep? Make time for your friends and family. You won’t regret not getting those projects back a day earlier. very briefly, slide kept in so students will have it in their notes

29 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. It’s 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! That’s a really great idea, I’ll help you celebrate when it’s done. Neat! I’m focusing on my in-class teaching (today/this semester/this year), but I’d love to help out in the future. Say no story about student council

30 Suggested Reading Breaking the Silence: Beginning teachers share pathways out of the profession, by Jaime Beck I Shouldn’t 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 Understanding Job Burnout, by Christina Maslach (Chapter 4),+C.+%281982%29.+Burnout:+The+cost+of+caring+.+Englewood+Cliffs,+NJ:+Prentice+Hall.&ots=TmWxACfyu0&sig=k8o9DzDfxu8B9BWipiyxx1r48RI#v=onepage&q=Maslach%2C%20C.%20%281982%29.%20Burnout%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 &_coverDate=11%2F30%2F2007&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=gateway&_origin=gateway&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId= & &_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid= &md5=501a77045d9ef4ac2e57d7b90d6c295c&searchtype=a Signs of burnout questionnaire

31 Bear in mind that teaching is part art, part science, and part accident. Learn your craft over time. Don’t try to control things you cannot. Enjoy it.

32 Questions and Feedback

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