Your first year of teaching is exhausting. Don’t feel frustrated at yourself when everything doesn’t go the way you would like it to go. Your first year of teaching is the time when you are working on putting all those classes you took in college into real-life practice and it can be a shock. My first year of teaching (and then again when I became a mentor) I received a copy of this graph which I think is an excellent device for checking out how you’re doing. I can say that being in my 7th year of teaching, I go through some version of this every year, although it is less dramatic of a shift as time goes on. So don’t lose hope, things DO get better.

Thanks to inspiringteachers.com for the image.

Thanks to inspiringteachers.com for the image.

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