I’m not an expert to claim that I’ve got some killer tips for introverted teachers to succeed in their profession.
Occasionally, the first couple of months are the hardest for new teachers, you need to put everything you practiced about being a teacher to the test and see what works and what doesn’t.
Don’t worry you’ll pick up throughout your first year teaching a lot of experience and make right out of a lot of mistakes and misconceptions just by being out there on the field.
Now, some mistakes are as clear as the sun when you start your teaching profession, and you should be aware of them even before you start your teaching career. That’s why I’ll step forward and sum them up for you dear introverts, and you can thank me later after you see for yourself how important it is to be aware of them– or thank me in the comments now just to help boost my ego.
5 Tips For Introverted Teachers Just Starting Their Career.
1. Be the stern teacher but the kind one.
This is crucial during your first couple of months. You have to be stern with the kids at first. I mean it, you don’t want to go throwing big smiles here and there and letting every fault or disrespectful behavior pass without at least addressing it, students have to know that you are in charge of the classroom, even if you are the calm teacher BUT – be kind and considerate. Pass kindness through your actions, a pat on the head, a small smile here and there, a subtle encouragement will do the trick for you.
If you do this, I assure you, you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary hassle in the classroom throughout the year.
2. Don’t overwork yourself.
I know you will be excited when you first start teaching, we’ve all been there. You want the kids to like you and you especially want to see results shown through all of your student’s grades.
Us being introverted, our minds often won’t get to rest unless we get what we believe to be our job done right. but if you keep with this mentality for long you will only end up exhausting yourself and getting overwhelmed, if not physically drained beyond repair, meaning rest won’t even be enough at this point.
Take the learning process with the kids one step at a time, and just keep to yourself the fact that your students have different minds, and these minds function on different levels, so it’s okay if one or two of your students couldn’t catch up with the whole class, they would need extra time – yes, so if you think you can dedicate that extra time for their progress, that’s awesome, if not, it definitely is not your fault, focus on the bigger picture, your class’s progress, in general, is what reflects for your efforts.
3. Don’t consider all your colleagues as friends.
I had to learn this the hard way, and I wouldn’t wish that for anyone, let alone introverts, considering we take friendships very seriously.
I touched on this in my “Can an introvert be a teacher ?” blog post, but I feel the need to put more emphasis on this because sometimes working in an uncomfortable workplace would definitely reflect badly on our spirits and eventually our productivity.
If I had to go back to my first year teaching, I would’ve taken my time observing my colleagues in the teacher’s staff room. I’m not sure of this, but I think that being an introvert, someone who reflects largely on the inner self, we have this gut feeling about people that rarely goes wrong if we truly let it guide us.
So trust what your gut feeling tells you about your colleagues and drop or up your guard according to it, some of you reading this may be thinking now: “it’s this a bit extreme?”
It is not if you want to work in a comfortable atmosphere and avoid being part of the drama in the staff room. Plus this precaution will only be needed for the first couple of months, after that things will be pretty clear for you.
I’d say taking one or two colleagues for friends is much needed during your first year teaching, they will be the ones you should seek support from when things turn bad in school, discuss work topics, join them during lunch breaks, and even take walks with around the campus.
4. Prepare well for all your lessons.
It should go without saying that one of the fundamentals of being a good teacher is to prepare for your lessons and to start class well in command of the subject you’re teaching, whether you’re an introverted teacher or an extroverted one.
But us introverts would be in serious trouble with ourselves if we enter the classroom unprepared, It will be stressful to face students not knowing exactly what are you going to offer them. If you’re the kind of teacher who wants to offer the best for his students – and I’m assuming most introverts are, you will be in for an overwhelming class in which you will go back and forth between fetching your mind for the right information to pass and actually passing them to your students.
This happened to me a couple of times when I couldn’t bring my self to prepare and schedule my lessons and every time I do that I get what I like to call “ the introvert teacher burnout”. Now I can assure you I’ve learned MY lesson just fine.
I advise you to use digital planners and calendars to schedule your lessons and check if everything is prepared, I also use spreadsheets to track my lesson and student progress too.
5. Don’t take on additional after-school work.
Seriously if you’re an introvert, your primary work as a teacher is more than enough to suck the life out of your daytime energy, let alone adding extra after-school work. Especially if you’re the “new nice teacher”, and you go around volunteering for every activity there is on the planet.
I bet both the principle and colleagues will line up throwing requests left and right, just because the new teacher seems welling.
I wouldn’t usually say this to an introvert, but – Toughen up will you? You need to say no to extra work for your introverted sake and to be more productive where you’re most needed to be. If extra work is not required of you, don’t take it, unless you absolutely enjoy doing it.
If all the extra work in my school was related to gardening I’d gladly take all the work, But it’s not, So I only stick to being the head of the” Green Gardener” Club.
So these are my tips for introverted teachers staring their career, Any comments, other tips, or feedback are always welcome!
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