When you started the year, you didn’t know what to ask. Now you do! Research tells us that New Teachers get the most out of being mentored when they are able to ask for help; especially when they know who and how to ask. In addition to your mentor, there are others you can ask for ideas. Older, more experienced teachers are great resources to assist you with any questions you may have about students, curriculum, procedures, and how to end the year. You will get helpful responses to your requests when you do the following:
- You have the responsibility and right to ask others for help.
- Ask for help in different ways: email, face-to-face, notes, etc.
- Be willing to ask teachers outside your school for help.
- When you ask for help, decide whether you are asking for action, information or emotional support.
Remember to thank your mentor and others for giving you support this year.
We have made it to Spring Break! We hope that you take time to relax and enjoy your time off from work. Here are some fun ideas of things to do or places to visit that might help you to rejuvenate:
Go walking in a park
Go on a hike
Take a bicycle ride
Visit a museum
Take a nap
Visit a library & check out a book for fun
Invite guests for the first BBQ of the season
Prep the soil for your flowers/garden
Check out some place new such as the following:
- Museum of Natural Curiosity
- The Leonardo
- The Aquarium
- Tracy Aviary
- Clark Planetarium
- Red Butte Garden
Take time to smell the flowers and enjoy your spring break.
Listed below are a few suggestions to demonstrate that we are professionals:
- Be on time
- Dress in a professional manner
- Follow rules, policies, and directions
- Have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the content you teach.
- Learn more about current best teaching practices
- Be organized and efficient
- As a new teacher, be appreciative of your colleagues’ experience and expertise
- As a veteran teacher, realize the new and fresh ideas that new teachers bring to the profession and incorporate them into your teaching practice
- Use school resources wisely
- Be flexible
- Resist the urge to complain.
- Remember to laugh every day