Managing Your Life as a New Teacher

Check out our list of tips for managing your life as a teacher.

Create a budget of your fixed monthly expenses and your monthly salary. Select what your financial goals are, and spend and save accordingly.

Find out when friends are receiving holiday bonuses that you receive your bonuses from much greater things. The bonus includes learners saying thank you, telling you that you are the best educator, little notes and formal letters, and general job satisfaction.

Carry business to yourself. Others don’t have to know about your money problems or social life—especially your students! Find out you are in a position of authority and are not their best friend. Don’t visit with learners about things you would discuss with your friends or spouse.

Sign your name and the contents with a permanent marker. Educators often are moved to a different class every year. Remain prepared, so you don’t have to spend money on new boxes and moving supplies.

Bookstores and supply stores give a discount to educators if they present their educator ID or business card. Carry your professional identification in your billfold, so you always have it with you should you see the perfect find for your class.

If you are headed to a conference, check out hotels that offer special rates for educators. Several hotels will give special rates if you are employed by the public school system and the school district has negotiated a lower rate for their staff.

Several school districts will expect you to take tickets at school events, and others might pay you for your time at the event. Regardless, you will have free admission to the school activities if you are helping with the programs.

Get a list of the pros and cons of your job. If the negatives outweigh the positives, set the list aside and reevaluate in a few weeks. You can find the source of discontent or begin looking for new positions.

Frame your educator’s license and college diploma and hang them by your desk in your office or class. They will remind you that you have worked hard to accomplish graduation and licensure.

Hold a professional file of your transcripts, grades, certificates of training, and a passport. You want to be ready for all opportunities. You will refer to this during your professional career when applying for positions, so do not discard it.

Constantly print your name and date on any correspondence. Create your own letterhead if necessary. This will ensure all correspondence regarding your career is neat, professional, and consistent.

Carry your resume updated every year and have your professional file current. When you meet people and think they would be a good reference, ask them to write a recommendation for you to place in your files.

Recommendation letters should be typed and current. Give a self-addressed stamped envelope, and send a thank-you note to the person writing your recommendation.

Choose your Reaction!