teacher bees! advice for a first year teacher (music)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@ms_margarita:  not a teacher but my mother is.  She was so happy when she made the jump to high school.  She found elementary school to be almost glorified babysitting.  No advice on the music part, but have enjoy it!

Post # 4
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ms_margarita:  Hey.. I’m going on my 3rd year of teaching this school year (high school English). Teaching high school definitely has its ups and downs just like any grade level. I’m sure you’re able to handle it and you projected that confidence you’re worried you’re lacking to the person who hired you. Being a teacher, no matter how long you have been teaching, is a lot of work. There will be so many days that you will have to work long hours and when you get home, you’ll be too exhausted to do anything else. Some may even argue that that is every day for a teacher. Just make sure you try to manage your time wisely (I’m still working on it!). I think that you actually have an advantage. Band is one of those classes that very few are in there because they “have to” unlike core classes. They will probably look forward to your class more than they would a core class. You’ll do great, don’t worry! Get to know your students because they do like knowing their teacher actually cares about them. 

As for the first day of school, it can be nerve-wracking. Make sure you have prepared for more than the allotted class time. I do agree that the first day of school is the most important day of the school year (especially for a new teacher who hasn’t built a reputation at the school). If the first day doesn’t go as well, there’s always the second and third day too 🙂 

You’ve got this! 🙂 Good luck!

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