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New Teacher Tips: Are You Doing All That You Can to Succeed?
Michael Koehler, author of Teacher Journals, says, "Journals promote the kind of reflection that reveals professional concerns and needs.
Each discovered need can then become the starting point for additional professional growth experiences.
" You can add to your professional growth by observing and reflecting on what goes on in their classrooms.
For example, new and experienced teachers often don't know if they managed to teach their struggling students successfully.
Reflective learning logs help you cope with your own self-doubt and uncertainty that is part of the stress of managing a classroom of mixed ability students.
As a beginning or veteran teacher, your confidence needs to be growing all the time.
If it isn't, then you probably aren't getting the results in classroom behavior and performance you had hoped to see by now.
In fact, your teaching and classroom management skills haven't changed much since the beginning of the year.
That's because your ability level and your confidence level are all connected.
With that in mind, first you need to be sure your teaching and classroom management skills are always improving.
Then, with more confidence, you're more likely to experiment with different kinds of teaching and classroom management approaches.
At the end of each day, reflect on the following three questions in your teacher reflective log: 1.
What worked? 2.
What didn't? 3.
What's next? By doing this on a regular basis, you will begin to identify those areas in which students as well as your teaching/classroom management need additional support.
That way, you're sure to stay on track each day to become a confident teacher.