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Inside Teaching : June 2010
Your first years of teaching can be both exhilarating and exhausting. There will be amazing days where you know you've chosen the right career; there will also be days, however, when you feel overwhelmed by the expectations of the students, parents and your school. What you need to know is: this feeling is normal. Teaching is a craft that takes time, patience and practice. The thing to remember when you're feeling overwhelmed is that generally the good days start to outnumber the bad; you start to experience less exhaustion and more fulfilment; and you start to see evidence that you are making a difference in the lives of your young learners. To help get those things starting to happen, there are several steps you need to take. I call these the seven steps to surviving and thriving in your first years of teaching. 1 Get to know your students Effective teachers know their students. This entails not only knowing them academically but socially and emotionally. According to a study by Inside Teaching | June 2010 TEACHING TIPS 24First year out Seven steps to surviving and thriving Learning to teach takes time, energy and experience as you continually refine your knowledge and skills, but there's plenty you can do in the meantime to help yourself, says ANNA BENNETT.