Congratulations! You’re hired! You are now a professional teacher, a shaper of the majority of the Philippine population. Thousands of ideas and plans might be playing inside your mind now, and you might be expecting the perfect first day of your public service.
But uh oh! Before you expect anything, why don’t you stop and consider our top 10 pieces of advice for the first timers in the public school? We want to give you the most practical tips and ideas about the world that you have just entered!
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TOP TEN PIECES OF ADVICE FOR THE NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS
When you start your day wearing this, you’re probably not going to lose. This attracts a lot of positivity and is known to calm those types of co-teachers who do not seem to see anything positive in anyone! Smile and the world will smile back!
2. GREET EVERYONE
This is basic! Don’t be shy! Give it a try because it is free. Remember that some teachers are sensitive when it comes to this matter. They most likely want to be recognized primarily by the newbies. Sometimes, missing to greet anyone even causes a big unresolved issue in the workplace. So for you not to offend anyone and for you to spread positive vibes, welcome everyone with enthusiasm!
Also, everyday greetings can also reduce the awkwardness in the workplace plus it cheers up everyone!
3. DON’T BE OVERWHELMED BY WORK
Yes, you want everything to go on very well, and you do not like the good impression of your co-teachers to change that is why you keep yourself busy working even when you are at home already. You almost think about work for 24 hours, and that can be draining. Remember that you will be able to do a lot of paperwork while giving your best on teaching in the first few months, but then you will find yourself feeling tired and drained already. So be gentle to yourself and make sure you maintain the right balance between working, socializing, relaxing, and resting. The more balance you feel about these four activities, the more you think positive at work.
4. EXPECT TO HEAR SOME GOSSIP, BUT DON’T INVOLVE YOURSELF
Oops! This is very common! Do not trust anyone yet. It might seem nice that some of your co-teachers let you hear the gossip they are talking about and they might want you to be a part of their group but think twice! Often, chatter becomes the reason why some teachers transfer from one school to another. Never involve yourself in such a thing because you are PROFESSIONAL. Besides, the right person or a good friend is not someone who speak foul of others.
5. PREPARE YOUR SPEECH
Just in case your head teacher or superior introduces you to everyone! A well-thought self-introduction can give an excellent impression to your colleagues but “WAG MASYADONG GALINGAN” because teachers might think otherwise. Just be natural.
6. PREPARE YOUR LESSON PLAN
Do we need to memorize this? We have been trained from college to the first work experience that we have to prepare this very precious paper. You will be surprised when your superior asks you to submit your lesson plan to her on the first day of school!
7. ASK THE DATES AND CREATE A TIME TABLE
So this is it! Plan, plan, plan! Organize and list down the important things you need to accomplish as you will be overwhelmed by work once the first periodical test approaches. Being a public school teacher means having loads of paperwork so if you do not want to be stressed, make sure you follow a well-planned time table. You have to begin asking your superior to provide you a school calendar so you can mark dates and plan your future activities.
8. FIND OUT A WAY TO HAVE A BUDGET FOR 3-6 MONTHS
You’ve already heard it from your friends who got hired ahead of you. You will not receive your salary a month right after getting hired. Expect a 3-6 months delay on your wage. Ayos! Bayad utang lang!
9. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES
You won’t be able to sit down most of the time as you need to attend to a significant number of students in each of your class. Sitting down in the class for a first-time teacher is a no-no!
Of course, it’s always him who has complete control of everything. You will need him not just throughout your teaching journey but throughout your life’s journey. You have the biggest responsibility in our nation now, so you need the greatest ally. You are a teacher. YOU WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE and to do it successfully; you’ll need his help — THE ONE WHO SHAPED THE WHOLE WORLD PERFECTLY.
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