I highly recommend that future teachers watch this first year teacher documentary by Kansas State College of Education. Nothing will help ease your new teacher fears better than seeing that others have those same fears.
Teachers who have come before you have had fears and struggles and they have survived and thrived. You will have fears and struggles, but if you are dedicated and you work hard, you will succeed in one of the most rewarding careers out there.
In addition to being forthright about the fears and struggles that first year teachers contend with, it also shows the rewards. You might need a tissue or two.
So curl up on the couch, or prop up your computer on your treadmill (like I did) to watch this documentary. It is worth your very precious time.
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I am a National Board Certified educator currently teaching in Virginia. I have taught the following: English 9, 10, 11, and 12 (on academic, collaborative, and honors levels); Dual Enrollment English; Mass Communications, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Communications Technology. I have experience in five different school systems, four in Virginia and one in Maryland. I served as my school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and was a top five finalist for the Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. I am passionate about recruiting and retaining quality educators in our public schools. Let me help you find your path to changing lives through teaching!