It seems funny to be linking up to a linky party about giving advice for new teachers since, really, I still am one. But with two years under my belt there are a *few* little notes I'd like to give to new teachers out there...
1. ASK FOR HELP Ask for help all.the.time!!!!!! You won't have any idea what you're doing a lot of the time and people will forget to tell you things that are old hat to them. It's OK, just ask.
2. FIND A MENTOR IF YOU AREN'T PROVIDED WITH ONE In Kentucky, we have a mentor for our teacher internship year. Mine literally saved me. I could come to her in tears and she understood, I could ask for help and she'd give it to me, I could need a minute and she'd cover for me. Truly, I got through my year because of her (and my FAB instructional assistants :) ).
3. GET TO KNOW YOUR COLLEAGUES They are huge sources of help and support. Plus, you guys will be spending lots of time together.
4. ASK FOR ADVICE, BUT DO THINGS YOUR WAY Don't try to fit into someone else's mold. Do things your own way. It is your classroom, after all. :-)
5. WINE AND CHOCOLATE ARE NECESSARY Go home and have a glass with a whole bag of Reese's when you need it :-) We've all had those days!
Enjoy that first year if you can....it is HARD, but so very worth it. :)