10 Tips For Emerging Teachers featuring Lindsay Simpson

Updated: Jun 10

EduMagicians,


Today's episode is a cross-over episode with Lindsay Simpson from Behind The Chalk. During this episode, we share ten tips for emerging teachers! Our conversation is full of laughs, smiles, and fantastic advice. Let's jump right into this episode!



Relationships first and foremost.

  • Students

  • Colleagues

  • Admins

  • Cooperating teachers

  • Profs

  • Professionals in the building


Set your expectations

  • We all have expectations of what we envision for our first job and classroom.

  • However, as life teaches us, those expectations do not always hold. And guess what?! That's ok!

  • Things work themselves out, and you will look back and realize those expectations that didn't hold were great learning experiences.


Disappointments happen

  • Own your mistakes.

  • Reflection is your most effective resource to bounce back from a disappointing experience and remember those #edumagic moments!

  • Use a planner, lesson plans, a notebook, etc. Write it down - improvements for next time and document the positives.

  • I am an advocate of having a professional learning network. Having a PLN has genuinely helped me become the professor I am today.

  • I can connect with educators worldwide to find specific strategies and tools they're using with their students in real classrooms.


You are unstoppable

  • Being an educator, you feel as though you have to carry your students' baggage.

  • These are the situations that college can't prepare you for and catch you off guard.

  • Giving a child a glimpse of hope may be just enough to help them get to the end of the tunnel.

  • Just because you have a degree or a diploma doesn't mean learning has stopped.

  • Personal and professional growth is essential for becoming an educator of excellence.

Remember your Why

  • Some days are more complex than others, and you may question why you decided to teach on those days.

  • These days, holding tight to your people, your words, and your inspiration is imperative.

Learn about 8 truths that every first-year teacher needs to hear in Edu Magic Shine On A Guide for New Teachers


Start self-care from the START to prevent early burnout

  1. Work hours vs. personal time

  2. Get involved with your district in baby steps

  3. Surround yourself with positivity (but not toxic positivity)

  4. Find like-minded teachers who will push you well, celebrate with you, and who will lift each other up

  5. Avoid those who live in a world of negatively- that is not self-care

  6. Know that "no" is ok to say sometimes


Get organized in a MANAGEABLE way.

  1. Find a way of planning that allows for flexibility

  2. I always had one week planned, so I was ready for sick days or emergencies

  3. Create and prioritize lists


Find the resources in your district and USE them!

  1. Instructional coaches

  2. Librarians

  3. Secretarial and office staff

  4. Maintenance staff

Be a lifelong learner.

  1. Ask questions, observe often, and accept feedback as a way to help you grow.

  2. Be flexible with your strategies and expectations, as your plans will constantly change.

Growth is good (which means you may fail)

  1. Your first-year lesson plans will not all be keepers and great.

  2. Cut yourself some slack because you are just learning.

  3. There is always room for improvement and growth.

Which tips is your favorite? Reply below!

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