Educator’s Advice for New Teachers
Response from Nikki Cardenas, Director (Former PreK Educator) Kid's Kountry Midtown Academy Las Cruces, NM:
Best piece of advice: My advice would be to breath, set up your schedule/system to keep yourself on track when it comes to observations. Listen to what the class is interested in and build your lessons around what they enjoy it will make the experience much more enjoyable. Let them get messy and explore new things, sometimes at home that isn’t an option. Remember as you have bad days, so do the children and a lot of the times we do not know what is happening at home so comfort them when they need it. It is a great experience to have to be a teacher so get your grounding at the beginning of the year, but don’t be too soft on them they like to test the waters! Each child is a character so get to know them, play with them and listen!
Response from Angie Flores Director Discovery Walnut, Las Cruces NM:
What is your best piece of advice for a brand new teacher at the beginning of the school year? Don't take things children say so personally .
Response from Amy at Choices for Children, Albuquerque, NM:
What is your best piece of advice for a brand new teacher at the beginning of the school year? "Have a ready box. Have a basic plan and have an emergency activity box. Make sure that it has sensory activities. Ensure it allows them to be fun and explore but also helps them focus supporting the next learning curve."