Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of your classroom? If so, you’re not alone. These tips will help you survive and even thrive.

Early morning lesson planning. Nonstop anxiety about how to reach every student. Late night lesson planning. Falling behind on grading. Weekend lesson planning. Professional isolation. Fatigue setting in. Nerve-wracking parent-teacher conferences. Waning self-esteem. Observations and evaluations. Student behavior that makes every day an adventure. Oh, that student behavior!

Is this how you pictured life in front of your very own classroom? Instead of making steady progress toward becoming a great teacher, are the daily demands overwhelming you?

Your first year of teaching can feel like a sink-or-swim experience. As founder and CEO of New Teacher Center, an organization focused on understanding and meeting the needs of new teachers and their students, I’m here to tell you there are three things you can do to survive your first year and become the kind of teacher you always hoped you’d be.

First things first: Realize you’re not alone

You’re definitely not alone. In fact, right now is one of the most challenging times of the year for any teacher, but especially new teachers. I call it the Disillusionment Phase.

Great teachers are made, not born.

When I started New Teacher Center, I noticed first-year teachers were all riding the same roller coaster of ups and downs. I wrote an article called “Phases of First-Year Teaching” not only to name and define these developmental phases for new teachers and their colleagues, but also to make a case for the kind of high-quality support I knew all new teachers needed to guide them through each phase so they could become effective and remain committed to teaching.

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