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Intern Teacher Advice

I have been both a teacher education student and a teacher intern. There were a lot of things I wished somebody had shared with me before I got my first job. For one thing, there is a big difference between what you think will happen and what does happen sometimes. You may feel unsupported - and you may have a lot of help from other teachers. It all depends.

WHAT I HAVE FOUND OUT SINCE MY TEACHING CLASSES

I was told in a teacher education class that during your first, intern year, there is a lot a new teacher has to learn.So I already knew that it would be a difficult time that first year, of course.

Everyone knows that interns in a hospital have a difficult time, and don't get a lot of sleep. What I didn't know at first is that new teachers can have the same kind of experience. In some schools, it's "sink or swim." Period.

Of course, it helps to have a good mentor who helps you at the very beginning of your teaching career, and shows you in person how to maintain good classroom managment techniques.

It is important that this teaching be done at the beginning of the new teacher's class, when he or she is just starting the class, in order to have a good framework for the semester.

To find out more, go to the Classroom Management page.

SOME WARNING SIGNS OF A SCHOOL SYSTEM UNSUITABLE FOR INTERN TEACHERS

Some school systems require a lot of extra duties from new, intern teachers. This should be a warning sign to you that the school is not new teacher-friendly, since being a new teacher already requires a greater amount of time, because of many reasons.

You must not only teach your class, but must come up with standards-ready lessons and plans, as well as a filing system.

You must also keep track of all your learning experiences, and (at least in Kentucky) must complete a New Teacher Portfolio, which has many requirements. This is much like taking a college class, which must be completed by the deadline given by the college.

Plus, you must also keep up with grading and report cards, both of which you will be doing for the first time ever, which (of course) takes more time as you are learning. This all means that you may be having to do the equivalent of two full-time jobs at the same time.

Extra duties piled on top of your intern responsibilities can make it difficult to complete your assignments for college AND teach at the same time.

WHAT DO GOOD SCHOOLS HELP YOU WITH?

Good schools help new teachers with pre-made, quality lesson plans and BOOKS for class. If you learn that there are no books or lesson plans for you, you should not accept the job. Period.

It does not matter much if you are told the books "are on the way." It may take months for you to be given your books, and in the meantime, you will be at a huge disadvantage compared to other new and even experienced teachers.

It will also be very hard to you to make all of your own class materials from scratch, because there is a limited amount of time you will have to do this, especially if you are expected to do it all by yourself.

Such a school system that requires you to "reinvent the wheel" is not the kind of school you want to teach in. You may not get much sleep, and may be required to do lots of extra paperwork, besides, and help after school with clubs or organizing.

As noted before, it will be very difficult to do your required other work like your daily reflections and teacher folder if you are continually doing extra jobs above and beyond your already overwhelming responsibilities.

Something will have to give - whether it is your health, your lesson plans, or required grading, tutoring, or conference responsibilities.

Continued - find out more about a new teachers' intern year, and get some practical advice on what to look for in a good school system.

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