10 Tips For Emerging Teachers featuring Lindsay Simpson

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 true.

  • And guess what?! That’s ok!

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


  • Disappointments happen

  • Own your mistakes.

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

  • Use a planner, your lesson plans, a notebook, etc and write down improvements for next time and document the positives.

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

  • I can connect with educators from around the world to find specific strategies and tools that 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 really 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 so important for you to become an educator of excellence.


  • Remember your Why

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

  • These are the days that it is imperative to hold tight to your people, your words, and your inspiration.


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 in advance 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