Academic journal article Childhood Education

Summertime Plans for New Teachers

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Summertime Plans for New Teachers

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STUDENT SLANT

Dear Friends,

Summer is here ... already. I never imagined that my first year as a classroom teacher would have passed so quickly. The year is somewhat of a blur, but it was one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life. Although my university sent me on my way well prepared, some of the best lessons are not spelled out in a book or put into words in a lecture hall. I have learned so much from my fellow colleagues and 23 six-year-olds. I have learned that the needs of each individual child in my classroom varied greatly, and it was my obligation as their teacher to do whatever it took to meet those needs.

Educators have abundant resources available for learning about current classroom techniques, discipline practices, and general professional development. It is so encouraging to me, as a young teacher just starting out, that at any time there is someone willing to help me recognize and strengthen my skills as a teacher.

I am willing to make a bet with readers that, at some time or another, someone joked that you were going into education just so you could have your summers off! This is my first "summer off" and I can tell you right now that I will be doing many things, but being "off" from school is not really one of them. …

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