I so remember my first year as a new teacher!  I wondered why I was even hired! (Did they not know that I didn't have a clue how to do ‘this teacher thing'?!)
Yes, I had graduated with a degree, a teaching certificate, and had an idealistic philosophy of education (that had no basis in research or reality).
What I did not have was any idea or training on how to manage my classroom of 30 second graders.
I did not have access to many teaching resources 40 years ago, there was no Google, no Pinterest, no teacher resource stores, and no Teachers Pay Teachers!  YIKES!
Consequently, I learned many most lessons the hard way.  I gradually came to realize that it didn't matter how great my lessons were – if I did not have the attention of my students – they were not going to learn anything.
I learned from my colleagues and read what ever I could find on teaching and learning.  I started teaching routines and incorporated a motivating classroom management system.  I survived and eventually ‘flourished'.  🙂
So my tip to first year teachers – search the TpT blog world – learn from those who have figured out how to do ‘this teacher thing'!  And find the joy in your journey!
Here are some more tips for you from more teachers who care!

Now there is Teachers Pay Teachers with thousands of resources available.  No need to go scrolling – find what you need below.

You might find these resources helpful this time of year.  

All are low prep and engaging for your students.

Check this out

‘Taming the Morning Chaos'

for the MOST important routine of the day!


My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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