Consider these tips inspired by our Educator Advisory Panel surveys for surviving the challenges that come with the beginning of another school year.

Get To Know Your Students

It may seem like a no-brainer, but we know it’s harder than it sounds, especially with larger classes.  Still, it pays to do more than memorize names.  Try to get to know at least one personal interest of each student, so you’ll have more than school to talk about.  And, stay up-to-date with the latest trends in music, fashion, video games, etc., so you can better relate to your students’ daily lives and interests.

We know the reality is some parents are more vested in their children’s education than others.   But it doesn’t hurt to show them how vested you are.  Try to contact every parent periodically with something positive to say about their children.  And keep in regular contact with them in between parent-teacher conferences.  The more connected you are, the more likely most parents are to take an active role in their children’s education.
Become friends with the office administrative assistants, school payroll clerks, cafeteria workers, custodians and librarians.  They can make your life a lot easier when you need help.  And there will be times you need help when you least expect it!
How you manage your classroom from Day One will go a long way to preserving your sanity for the whole school year.  Establish a consistent set of guidelines and expectations for your students to follow – in writing if necessary.  Keep your classroom organized and functional.  The routines and habits you develop in the first weeks of class will soon seem like second nature.
You don’t need us to tell you cliques in school aren’t just for students.  While it’s great to have friends and confidantes among your fellow teachers, avoid the gossip in the Teacher’s Lounge. (And don’t give anyone a reason to talk about you behind your back.)  Try to take a laissez-faire approach to controversial and unpopular administration policies and be a positive voice at school meetings.

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