Post # 1
So, I am starting my very first teaching job this fall (I will be a high school band director). To be honest, high school was not my ideal age level, but I was in a situation where I had to take what I could get. Many of my friends who have gotten teaching jobs are beyond excited to start but I’m feeling….absolutely terrified! Just by the paperwork, organizing, parents, marching band, and being “in charge” of all decisions regarding the program! It is kind of weird to think that I will be the person that everyone looks to.
Any new-ish teacher bees out there that felt similarly for their first job? I love teaching and working with kids, but I’m just intimidated right now and have feelings of not being able to handle it or not being confident enough on the first day. Any advice or words of wisdom?
Post # 3
@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
@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!