Monday, September 12, 2011

The new teacher...

I got in this game sort of late. I became a teacher after raising daughters for awhile and trying out other careers. I was never that "fresh out of college" type of teacher. 

My resident year I had a mentor who did not mentor. I learned by watching, asking questions, and scouring the internet.

The next year I moved here and certainly did not look like a "new" teacher. I think people assumed I knew it all and did not need help. Very little was offered and I muddled through. 

Once I knew the ropes, I made it a priority to help new teachers as much as possible. I remembered how lost I felt. Then I moved again...

I'm lost again. I'm surrounded by assumptions and lack of patience. I catch on quickly if you tell me just once, but you have to freaking tell me! I'm on a team of five people. It is not a team. I miss the dream team I was blessed to be with every day last year.

Today was particularly difficult. I'm reminded again why teachers quit, and it is rarely the kids. The kids are why I don't quit.


Amanda said...

I know how hard it is to be "new". I'm starting over again this year in a new district, and year six feels like year one again. I am sorry today was so tough! I hope that everything gets better!!! :)


Vintage Teacher said...

Every time you change schools or districts, it is like being a new teacher. Find someone to help you on this path. It should be someone you are comfortable around and doesn't have a bad attitude. It will make the year easier for you and they will help you adjust to the struggles of some schools.

I have to remind myself why I am there. To make a difference in a child's life in a positive way. As long as you are doing that all is good.

Out on the prairie said...

It is hard being the new kid, it takes time to let you in.Reach out to other schools and teachers who are around your same area.

Okie Book Woman said...

Sorry to hear this. I felt like a first year teacher for awhile during my last teaching assignment. I had taught for many years, but I'd been all over the grid--elementary, middle school, high school, and adults. Mostly, though, I'd been a reading specialist, and I'd spent most of my career in middle school. On my last assignment, I returned to the elementary school classroom after about 30 years. Not only was it different from being a reading specialist, but so much had changed since I had been a classroom teacher that I hardly recognized the situation. Nobody helped much, because they assumed that I was an experienced teacher who already knew what I was doing. A little guidance would have made a lot of difference! Good luck to you as you plow through the new situation.

Jessica S. said...

I'm sorry for your frustrations! My first year teaching last year was FANTASTIC! I had 2 great mentors, who shared everything they had, and I asked TONS of questions, too.
This year I switched grade levels, and that has made a big difference. The teachers are nice, but unless I go asking, they aren't sharing. I don't think it's because they don't want to, I think it's because they don't think to.
I'm very lonely this year.

Vintage Teacher said...

Hope your week has improved. One of the things I like to do as an "older" teacher is to help new teachers and feel their excitement for this profession.

I hope to improve your week by sharing with you that I have awarded your blog as a winner for The Versatile Blog Award,

You can learn more at my blog.

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Teachinfourth said...

I understand.

Enough said.

Kim said...

Oh Joan!
I can feel your hurt through your words! I am so sorry things are tough. I know a little about how you feel... I'm the second-oldest teacher at my school--and I'm older than the principal (again!).
Most of the teachers at my school aren't much older than the kids--and I teach at an elementary school!
Here are two things that might elicit half a smile:
1) Recently a child told me: I don't hate you as much as I thought I would.
2) Check out my latest blog entry. I have nothing planned for Monday because I spent all day trying to play computer wizard to navigate my own website!
And I will bet you $20--no $50--that the little blog button is NOT going to show up on this comment!
Hang in there. I'll be thinking of you--and checking back on you. You are not alone.


ms-teacher said...

I'm sorry Joan that you are having to go through with this. There is almost nothing more valuable to a classroom teacher than good collaboration with our colleagues.

I wish you were part of my dream team!