As I prepare myself for practicum later this year, I thought it appropriate to write a post about beginning teacher myths:
If I care about the kids, everything else will fall into place
It’s a “naïve” approach to teaching and it misses the big picture – Good teachers aim to inspire students and get them interested in lifelong learning.
I’ll get ahead – blasting right out of the gate with challenging instruction from day one
WRONG!!! All students learn at different paces and have differing abilities and interests.
I already know how to teach reading effectively
Chances are you don’t!! A lot of cutting-edge research is only now getting into the classroom when it comes to reading instruction and back to phonics approaches are becoming more prevalent.
Dress doesn’t matter if I’m a good teacher
Dress like a professional and the students are much more likely to treat you–and your instruction–with respect. On the other hand ‘dress as if you’re going to a rock concert’, and, whether you know it or not, you’re building a climate of low expectations in your classroom.
Punctuality doesn’t matter if I’m a good teacher
Constantly late to class or not turning up on time to meetings or playground duty will not only make you unpopular with your colleagues but it is one of the most common ‘areas of concern’ expressed by principals when assessing beginning teachers.
I must stink – I’m always asking for help
That’s what new teachers are supposed to do, most of us remember how being an incessant pest to learn something new has helped in the past.