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Teachers: If the veteran you could talk to the novice you, what advice would you give?

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-Don’t get sucked into power struggles.
-Don’t allow coworkers to be Facebook friends- especially ones you’ve observed gossiping about others at work- if they gossip about others to you, they’re gossiping about you to others.
-Start class with bell ringers. They’re as important as your colleagues profs said. They get students set up for the lesson and allow learning to happen from bell to bell. Set the expectation that we are here to learn.
-simplify grading. Make sure to assign only what directly relates to learning targets. Don’t grade everything. Have a routine set of assignments that students can anticipate.
-Peek at the Week emails aren’t just for elementary families. Middle schoolers probably need it more! Parents appreciate knowing what we are studying and being aware of important dates for quizzes, assignment due dates and tests. Make parent communication routine and regular.

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You can’t do everything yet, and maybe you never will be able to. And that’s okay because you are making a difference in these kids’ lives, girl! Don’t cry about your stress. Man up and find a way to focus it. Your students don’t want to see your panic. They have enough of their own teenage anxiety.

Also, be on the lookout for those juul stick things. They’re not flashdrives. If you think you smell pineapple, you’re not having a stroke - kids are vaping in the bathrooms down the hall.

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Get a Master’s Degree in something other than education while you’re young.

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This is the hardest and most rewarding profession there is. It's not a job...or even an occupation. It's a lifestyle. It can, and will, consume you. Everything about being a teacher is exhausting and exhilarating at the same time.

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Exactly! Well said!

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Hold fast to your passions, interests, hobbies that make you who you are, including a better teacher! Secondly, start your retirement fund from day one!

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Get a different job

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Take care of your health first. Make it priority over anything else.
Develop your organization system and stick to it.
Go to bed earlier rather then later.
Find your center mentally. Don’t let it go out of balance.
You do not deserve to be spoken to disrespectfully. Don’t tolerate it!
Take care of your health!!! This job will destroy it if you don’t!

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Get out before it is too late!

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Their behavior isn't about you, their education is.

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"Girl, you gone still be teaching here in 10 years, so you gone survive this, believe it or not!" 😂😂😂

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Put your emotional and physical health first. Without them you have nothing.

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Get. Out. Now.

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Don't sweat the small stuff.

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do what works for YOU. you don't have to subscribe to what every other teacher does (i.e. don't smile before Christmas). kids see right through it. be yourself

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Don't try to grade/return everything the next day. It's ok to not grade everything. Assign higher level DOK early on rather than building to it.

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Relax and have fun with the kids! You don't have to call them out on everything and LISTEN to them so you really get to know them. ❤️

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Act like you’ve seen it all before. Sometimes students just want to see how you react.

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Be kind. State expectations. If kids don’t follow. Calmly administer discipline. But be kind. Take care of yourself.

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Understand the power of compound interest.
Have a second career that hopefully has a separate pension and that you can continue to do after retirement.
Only surround yourself with positive people.
No matter what happens in your life, always stick to values that were instilled in you from elders.
Live a healthy and happy life.
Travel and see the world while young, instead of expecting to travel during retirement.

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Everything you are going through now will make you a better teacher.

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