Thursday, December 22
my new book came in the mail!
so a few weeks ago i was freaking out a little bit and being nervous about starting my teaching job in february. i guess you could actually say i am constantly freaking out a little bit about starting my teaching job in february though. anyway, i was browing the internet and i found this book: The New Teacher's Complete Sourcebook for Middle School.
i didnt study education for undergrad (even though looking back i wish i had!) but i took a certification course for teaching english as a foreign language. i spent the year after undergrad living in spain and teaching in a bilingual elementary school. however when i say i was "teaching" i was definitely more of a teacher's assistant than anything else. i was spread across three different grade levels and only in each class a few hours a week so i definitely didn't get as much actual teaching experience as i would have liked. i did also do some tutoring while i was in spain but there was more of a 1 to 1 student to teacher ratio with one lesson being a 4 to 1 ratio.
even though i guess i do have some experience in the classroom, i am the type of person who likes to have a lot of experience doing something before i actually feel confident. with that being said, i am totally freaking out that i am going to be a full-blown teacher with my own classes come february. i feel like the newest new teacher there could be so when i found this book it immediately made me feel a lot better. it has advice on everything from what to do in the first five minutes of your first class of the year, to grading assignments, to talking with parents (eep!). i know this one book won't be a substitute for a degree's worth of information but i definitely think it is going to help me out a lot.
so keep your fingers crossed for me and i'll let you know how it goes!