What are the things to consider when starting in the teaching field?
Being a first timer in a working environment can be quite difficult and it is one of the most challenging parts of a professional’s life. Most experienced professionals in different fields have been through this kind of challenge and they all admit that they made mistakes when they were just starting.
When we are just starting working, of course the first thing we think about is how we will be able to influence our co workers or how we will be able to function well in the institution where we belong. Often, first timers’ focus is on how to please the seniors and even the new ones like them in the working environment- and this focus leads them to the wrong track. Trying to please the people around you can get you in to trouble. As a beginner, you must understand that the first is just a training. It is a stage in in which you are being molded to become a competent and effective professional. Making mistakes are allowed and trying to work on correcting them is the great thing you can do.
Last week, I was talking to one of my professors in the graduate school who is currently working on a research about teachers’ attitude on open communications in the working environment. We talked about the problems most school administrators and school teachers experience when it comes to dealing with the new teachers. The things my professor mentioned to me were unbelievable and I couldn’t understand how such similar grave problems (I will not mention any for some concerns) exist in different schools- but, as an open-minded educator who’s been working for years, I know that these things can possibly be encountered anywhere. This is the reason why I ended up writing this article. I would like to give some pieces of advice to the new teachers out there who are just starting their career and are still struggling. The tips listed below were solicited from experienced professionals not just in the teaching field but in the other.
I hope these might help!
1. Be Open-minded
As a beginner, expect your superior to ask you to do some tasks which you think are too heavy. Don’t complain- rather, take these tasks as challenges that will mold your skills and competence. Expect that you will be told to improve your work or to do better when your performance seem to be needing more enhancement. Don’t get offended. It’s a NO NO. Do not let your ego overcome you and get you away form the chance of moving to the right direction. The more you develop your skills and open your mind, the more doors of qualification and good reference you are opening for yourself.
Seek your superiors comment on your work or find a mentor whom you can consult whether you do a job right or whether you can improve some weak points she sees in you.
– Dr. Hughes, Language Researcher, Oxford University
2. Practice “C2” (Cooperation and Collaboration)
Always collaborate with the experienced teachers. Teachers who are senior to you can give you good advices and even share to you their resources and teaching references. It might be tough finding an experienced one whom you’ll feel comfortable with but they are surely always around the corner waiting to be approached.
If you don’t cooperate or collaborate, you might feel lonely when you need to launch a project or introduce a big activity to the school body. Make sure to seek advices or to suggest your ideas which you think can contribute to the success of each school’s activity or advocacy. Good collaboration can help teachers achieve their common goal: to develop the students.
– T.F. Layton, Lecturer and Businessman, England
3. Ask and Listen
Asking questions doesnt signify that you don’t know anything. But well, of course, when you are new, you surely don’t know everything about how the school is run. Asking questions is the safest thing you can do before taking actions which you are unsure of. Listening to suggestions of your superiors and seniors is a good move as it gives you ideas on how you can improve your planning strategies and styles in teaching too. Do not be afraid to ask and always be ready to listen.
– Prescilla Chiu, Nurse and Medical Instructor, Malaysia
4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Who doesn’t make mistakes? NONE! What we are now is a product of our past mistakes and struggles- a product of our constant trials, errors and corrections. The mistake we made can be remembered by the people around us but remember that what’s remarkable is admitting our them and overcoming the complications and troubles caused by our mistakes to improve ourselves.
– Rmae, writer and language teacher
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