By Julia Reeves Reeves.Julia@MacPhail.org
1. In order to be an effective teacher and survive my first year, I need to be flexible and resilient. I think this has become my mantra for working in partnerships. The concept of control is one I struggled with a great deal when I first walked into a classroom, because I had zero (count it: zero) classroom management skills. Learning to lighten up and go with the flow was really important in helping me see students as people, not things to be taught.
2. The best way to learn how to teach is to teach alongside other teachers.