Advice for starting teachers

Tips from the Pros provides a venue for member-to-member dialogue. Professionally Speaking invites teachers to participate by offering their philosophical perspectives and practical advice for day-to-day life on the job.


This issue's question:

What's your best advice for someone starting out as a teacher this year?

Here are some of the responses we received.


Be prepared and then some.
Proper planning prevents poor performance!
Brenda R. Scott
Victory Christian Academy, Owen Sound

Be friendly

Be interested in and friendly towards your students.
Be clear and specific about your expectations.
Stay in touch with parents.
Margaret Ryder
MacLachlan College, Oakville

Ask for help

Don't be afraid to ask for help.
You will be overwhelmed at first, but it will get better with help.
Yvonne Lopes
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Toronto


Take time to do professional reading, including Professionally Speaking - there's good advice there.
Find an experienced teacher at your school who is willing to act as your mentor.
Jean Hodder
Retired elementary school teacher, Toronto

Take time for you

Make sure that you schedule time in every week just for you - go to the gym, have dinner with friends, take a walk.
Whatever you choose, get away from work for a while. You'll be happier, calmer and saner.
M.J. (Jodee) Monkhouse
James MacDonald Public School, Hamilton

Members whose responses are selected for publication receive a gift.
This issue's contributors receive an Ontario College of Teachers embossed portfolio and pen.