I Just Got a Teaching Job- Now What?

Congratulations! You should be very proud of your accomplishments and your new job.

I probably don't need to tell you that teaching is not an easy job. Showing up every day for your students will, at times, be exhausting and overwhelming. There will be times where you feel like you are buried in to do lists and not making a difference in the classroom.

Something that you might not realize though is that it is those tough days, those challenging moments and those failed lessons- that will push you to grow into a passionate and highly proficient teacher.

Nothing worth having is easy.

And, my friends, being a teacher is so worth it!

You are about to become a role model to children who have never had someone to look up too. You are about to show a child that they are infinitely smarter than they ever thought. You are about to grow your family by 25ish kids every single year.

Sound cheesy?

Sorry. I hate sounding like a graduation speech, but I need you to hear this:

Teaching is tough, but you are tougher.

Now that the pep talk is complete, let's chat about what you should do, now that you have the job offer. The temptation is to buy all the cute school stuff at Target. But wait...

Do these four things first...

Contact Your Principal 

A great way to show that you are ready to jump into your new role as a classroom teacher is to contact your principal and ask a few questions to get you started. 

You will likely have some teacher inservice days before school begins, but you may want to start thinking about some aspects of your new career now. You may have already found out in your interview, but if you did not, ask what curriculum the school will be using in the upcoming school year. Ask if you can take any teacher's manuals home with you to read over the next few weeks. You may also want to ask for a date of when you may begin setting up your classroom. 

We will talk more about your first classroom setup in a later post, but you may want to ask what furniture and supplies are available to you at this time as well. 

Finally, ask if there is a team lead or another teacher that you can reach out to before inservice days. 

Reach Out To Your Team Lead 

Next, reach out to your grade level team lead if your school has one. If not, hopefully you can get the name of another teacher that is willing to chat with you for a bit. 

You can ask your colleagues other questions such as:
  • What is our supply budget and how do I access these supplies? 
  • What should I prepare for the first week of school? 
  • Is there an open house before school begins?
  • Do I need to write my own classroom supply list?
  • Does the school have papers for parents to fill out? 
  • Can you share the holes that you have found in the curriculum. Do they recommend anything in particular to fill those holes? 
  • What are the school's procedures on arrival, dismissal, lunch, and recesses? 

Do your best not to bug your new teammate with a list of questions every day. Remember that they are enjoying their summer break! Instead, send one list of the most pertinent questions or ask if they have time to meet for coffee one day.

Read the Standards

I highly recommend that you take some time to read through your standards. It's a MUST.

You can do this easily from home while you wait to get into your new classroom. You will be able to better teach your lessons if you truly understand the standards that you are responsible for teaching. 

Don't start planning activities until you have read and understand each of your state grade level standards!

Join a Facebook Group

Facebook groups are a great way to develop inspiration for your classroom. Teachers are always sharing ideas for lessons, resources, and classroom management tips that you may find helpful. These are also great places to ask your own questions! 

Don't get overwhelmed by these groups! Remember that many of these teachers have been doing this for a decade or longer. You can't do it all your first year and you shouldn't even try! 

Having a group of online mentors can be so powerful!

A quick search through Facebook will lead you to many groups, but I have Facebook groups for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th that I'd love for you to join! Click HERE to check them out.

This is just the first post in a series that we are writing for new teachers. You matter so much to us! So  bookmark the site and come back often!

Have a Not So Wimpy day,