Throughout the past month, we’ve published weekly tips and advice for new teachers through a series of “Dear Teacher” letters written by seasoned educators. Today, we cap off the month—and this feature—with a heartwarming piece written by Kimberley Gabriel, a Grade 7 teacher from the United States.
Dear New Teacher,
Whatever your reason was for going into teaching, remember it, hold on to it, and most importantly, share it with your students. Do you love your curriculum? Let them see your passion for it. Do you enjoy working with kids? Let them feel that from you. Make your enthusiasm infectious whenever you can. Students learn better from teachers who enjoy what they do.
Students also want to be liked. No matter how different the kids in your classroom are, they share this one universal truth. If they know you care about them and their success, they’re more willing to work hard in your room.
Communicate what you love about teaching to parents too. As a parent, I love seeing teachers get excited about teaching. Just like the students, parents like hearing that you care about their kids. Once they know that, they feel more secure trusting you to make critical decisions that shape students’ character and education.
You don’t have to love every part of teaching, but sharing what you love about it with students and parents will help them support you and follow you—even on the days when you’re stressed, tired, disappointed or lost. Hopefully, cultivating a positive learning environment will help make those tough days fewer.
~ Kimberly Gabriel
We hope you’ve enjoyed these weekly letters and have gleaned some valuable advice from the pros. Although this is our last Dear New Teacher post, we recognise that the learning doesn’t stop after the first month, or even the first year—it extends throughout your career.
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Have a great weekend!
~ The Teachers Media Team