Brad Henry once said, ”A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”
Becoming a new teacher is hard work. Before starting the job, you think about things such as how to decorate your classroom or what fun things you can do inside of it.
Sadly, there is more to teaching than what is on the surface. For example, once you attend faculty meetings, district meetings and grade-level planning sessions, you can become overwhelmed.
The tasks and duties of being a first-year teacher can make you feel like a stack of papers have been dropped on your head all at once.
Then, let’s not talk about the first day of school. Your lovely students stare at you as they eagerly wait for you to guide them and it seems like your mind is in 50 different places.
Don’t be alarmed. It may seem like things are spinning out of control but they are not. This is all in the process of being a new teacher.
Here is one important tip that EVERY teacher can use regardless of how many years of experience he or she may have.
FIND YOUR MARIGOLD!
Have you ever read a book about marigolds? For those who have not, marigolds protect plants from insects, helping them to grow effectively. Farmers often practice a concept called companion planting. This concept allows gardeners to place certain plants near others to help improve growth.
Like plants, marigolds are all throughout schools. The marigolds are the teachers that are helpful, energetic, supportive, positive and prepared. As a new teacher, these teachers can help you through some of the toughest situations and celebrate with you in some of the best times of your teaching career.
However, these teachers are rare.
Make sure to pick out the right marigolds. Cling to them. Get all the wisdom you can from them because they can help. Beware of poisonous plants (teachers) that do not mean you any good!
Being a new teacher can really challenge you and even bring you to a breaking point.
But as a rule of thumb, never give up. You can do it.
Surround yourself with positive energy. Be encouraged. Take your time. Grow in your field. Remember why you wanted to be a hero in the first place.
As Henry Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity; he or she can never tell where their influence stops.”
Good luck! Have a great school year!