First Year Language Arts Teacher Ultimate Guide

First Year Language Arts Teacher Ultimate Guide


You’re a first year language arts teacher.

You’re probably excited. Hopefully you have a few ideas – and more than a few plans.

That’s a joke. I know you’re brimming with everything to teach your students. You’ve maybe thought of this day since you pulled a circle of chairs in your living room, plopped your baby dolls down, and started a lesson.

I also know you know this, but I’ll repeat it: Every day with students is important. You are the determining factor in the classroom.

You knew that though. Surely it played into reasons for becoming an English teacher. And you definitely know that you signed up for a tough job.

I set a goal for myself. I wanted to help new teachers because I remember my first year of teaching. The questions, the exhaustion, the eagerness to do everything the best I could.

Ultimate new ELA teacher guide - tips, tricks, and honest ideas for surviving your first year of teaching.

I created a series of blog posts for a new language arts teacher. Not because I know everything or because I’m perfect. I thought of what I could have done differently, what questions I had, and what could have gone better. I wrote what may help a new English teacher. A long letter from me to you.

If these help one new teacher, I’ll be pleased. So here you go!

Writing Lesson Plans

As a first year language arts teacher, you’ll write lesson plans, and rewrite them too. Not one right way exists to create lessons, but sometimes it helps to take a peak at another teacher’s process.

Still need help? This is such a process, I wrote about creating lesson plans twice.

Classroom Setup.

The process of perfecting a classroom setup never truly ends. New research, changing trends, student interests… get started with these no-nonsense tips.

Organizing Files.

Yeah, not the most glamorous part of teaching – organizing. Trust me though: after you create a project, you’ll want to locate it next year.

Adding to novel studies.

You’ll teach novels, and want to impress upon students all the facets of literature! You may not have time for all the research though. Try implementing a few of these quick ideas.

First day with students.

How can you be prepared for that first day? This is a list of considerations for that first day with high school students.

Questions people will ask.

Students, parents, and coworkers will ask how you will handle certain situations. What happens in this case? What about this? This is a list of some questions for you to consider, but that you don’t have to answer right away.

The teacher’s lounge.

Coworkers and friends, and some feelings you may face.

Classroom management.

I don’t abide by the “don’t smile until Christmas,” rule even though I sorta did at one point. Routines and procedures go a long way with older students.

Teacher created materials.

This situation did not exist when I began teaching, although I wish it had. You may look to purchase teacher created materials. Purchase wisely though! (It also doesn’t hurt to start with freebies).

That first year of teaching will end, and you’ll be sharing tips.

A first year language arts teacher will be happy to hear them.

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