Dear First Year Teachers,
I have never been able to complete a letter to you newbies. I have tried, but never got past drafting. This is how my letter started last summer (it was still in my unpublished posts):
Dear First-Year Teacher,
Congratulations! Your first year of being a teacher will be upon you very soon. I am sure you are full of emotions. If your emotions are anything like in Inside Out (which I suggest you see before the start of the year), I am pretty sure that Fear is at the control panel most of the time. Don’t worry, it won’t always be that way. Joy will be upfront quite often.
Be sure to ask questions.
And that is as far as I got before I couldn’t decide what to else to say. Everything in that first draft is true. And there is sooooo much more…I will try to keep it short and sweet. I know that there is a lot that you need to know, but I also know that you won’t remember most of what people tell you!
Ask for help.
Listen to your students.
Save resources and advice somewhere because you aren’t going to remember it once the school year starts. But, later after things settle down, you will know where to look to find it and you will be better ready to decide if it is useful to you.
When people start telling you more than you can handle, tune them out. Smile, nod, and say “Thank you.” You aren’t ready for what they are saying, and that is perfectly fine.
Good Luck and Have Fun!