This is my response to the final DCSD Blogs challenge: Advice for new teachers. A huge shout out to Liz Mastalio for organizing this challenge.
Dear New Teacher,
You have entered a noble career, and I am glad you joined us. We have been waiting for you. No one will teach just like you. You will reach a student that none of us could. You will come up with your original ideas.
I encourage you to find a tribe of diverse teachers that inspire and push you to grow. Twitter is a great starting point to help you find that tribe. Create systems that help you learn because it is our job to be the lead learner in your classroom.
People will tilt the head and tell you how noble of you to be a teacher. They will also say how nice it must be to have summers off. At dinner parties, you will have to describe how not all schools are broken. It will be worth it when you see your students succeed.
Please realize that parents are sending their hopes and dreams. Treat each student as if they are your own child.
I won’t lie all days will not be sunshine and roses. To support you on the hard days, create a habit gratitude. When we become thankful, we find that rain brings rainbows. Spend time lifting up others because it will lift you up as well.
Again, I am so glad you decided to teach. We need you.
A Veteran Teacher