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congrats on your wonderful first three weeks!

If you have Pimp in your class, I think I have about 3 or 4 Mini-Pimps. Not to mention the 5 or 6 Mini-NFLs.

A locked door can be a good thing sometimes. I have a mixture of strangers that like to pop their heads in - some who need to tell their cousins something; others that want to say hello to the nice teacher they've heard about.

I'm glad you're posting again.


Some of it will get better, some will stay the same. I always feel for the kids like the girl who tell you she might kill you blah blah. I hear someone else's voice behind their words. They live in hell.

I have always had problems being "stern" as well. I'll let them know that they are funny, but there is a time and a place. Sounds like you do that too.

I have taught for several years, but doing inclusion this year is teaching me a *lot*. I can't believe all of the teaching techniques and great lessons I've missed out on since I haven't had opportunities to observe other teachers.

If you can, go to another classroom during a prep now and then and observe. It is interesting to see how the same children behave in someone else's class. You may see more or less being accomplished, better or worse relationships with the teacher, etc. It is all valuable information. Easier said than done though.

Hang in.


Wow. Looks like you're teaching grad school too. Funny thing is that I don't think I feel much better the first three weeks of school, even after 17 years teaching. Good luck!


Nothing wrong with laughing in your classroom! Kids appreciate a sense of humour. I'm going into my fourth year of teaching and sometimes laughing is the only thing that keeps me (and my students)sane.

the village idiot

Hello there hipteacher.

I'm a retired high-school teacher. Taught for many years. I have been sub-teaching on average 3 days a week to keep my finger on the pulse of things.

I have had beginning teachers and tenured teachers ask me for help over the years, and from time to time it happens now. My reply has always been and will always be the same. So, I'll have a go as Kipper would say.

The only help I can give you is to remind you to remember the following.

1.Be yourself. If you are not, the kids will know it and not like it and will turn that screw.

2.Management of children won't happen if you are not yourself.

3.The eye sees more than than heart knows.

4.A student must never be your friend or pal.

5.Body language says much more than words and tells the truth.

6.Learn everyone's name in the entire school as you go. Not only the names of the kids in your classes, but the other students you encounter as you go through the year. Learn the names of all the students as you go. Learn the names and greet and speak and LISTEN to everyone in the school-everyone!

7.Don't get mezmorized and or impulsive and go against the odds like the bad poker player who draws to an inside straight. He lives in fantasy-land when he's at the poker table. Don't be over bubbly and don't be a complainer, for they go into fantasy-land when at the job.

8.Listen, listen and hear everything. It's just as important as your planing, not only for you but for your students as well.

9.Speak softly and don't carry a big stick.

10.Remember where you are.

12.Everyone respects and likes a good listener.

12.Be wary of the disciplinarian from Discipline.
Discipline is a strange place.

13.Don't say "good job"," fantastic" and gushy , syrupy things. The kids hate it.

14. Keep comliments on the work to a minimum.
Children can get full of themselves quickly. It's not good for them.

15. Avoid, whenever possible, putting a student on the train to Discipline.

16.Know yourself! Be yourself!

ms. frizzle

Great post... I have been through all of that, so I felt your words keenly. It sounds like you're doing great and have found yourself a career you love. Good luck!


This is a fantastic insight into teaching and all of the challenges it entails. Know that while you are using this page to reflect on your own experiences, you are helping to light an unfamiliar path all new teachers are travelling together. Please continue to post as often as your busy schedule allows; I look forward to following your experiences as well as the progress and growth you are certain to find in the challenges ahead.


i love your list!!
and it's perfectly human to laugh. i figure if i don't laugh with my kids, what's the point? with a 40% drop-out rate at our high school, i feel like perhaps, perhaps, laughing in school will keep them coming back for more.


My best friend teaches middle school kids that have gotten kicked out of every school they've ever gone to.

I admire the strength of you people who do this. I work for a textbook publisher, but we don't see the kids the way you do.

Bless you, woman. You are the epitome of strength.

Hang in there. You may be the only thing these kids can rely on.


You keep at it, girlie! I am so proud of what you are doing. Just know you are not alone, you are loved, and you are courageous. Your husband can take comfort in knowing he's one of many head-rubbing, shoulder-to-cry-on-teacher spouses out there, too. You're not the first to pray a version of this prayer.


Lovely post. RE: EBD girl from next door, I find gentle, accepting-style humour often wears kids down if you maintain it for months. Chuckle, and quietly say, 'I know you llike me really, you're my biggest fan', or 'you can't keep away, honey, can you?'
RE: Lazy smart kids, you need to challenge them harder, but not something they have no hope of doing, just something that takes some effort to understand. I'd make it a high risk event, like instigating debates on topics, or giving them parameters within which to present a 20 minute lesson to each other, which they can win appraisals from.


Sorry, I had the wrong blog noted up there. Just to say, I think I might print your post out and show it to the second year beginning teachers at my school this week!


I think complaining parents should read that post! Some of them think that being a teacher is a piece of cake job with long holidays.
Boy do they not get it. Sounds like you're surviving really well.


I love this post.
Its terrifying and exciting at the same time.
I'm three years away from this.

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