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We asked CTA members on Instagram: What advice do you have for new teachers starting the school year? Here are some of their responses!

1. “Ask other teachers for help! We are here to support you.”

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2. “Get involved in your school community. Go to games, concerts, etc. It’ll help build relationships.”

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3. “The first weekend after school starts…pamper or treat yourself!”

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4. “Take all your sick days.”

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5. “Go to voluntary meetings and professional development. It shows you’re interested in growing.”

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6. “Building relationships is everything. Your pacing guide is not.”

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7. “Don’t try to finish it ALL in one day. Tomorrow, there will be more tasks to accomplish.”

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8. “Build genuine relationships with all your students. Establish intentional routines.”


(Check out the story about a teacher who created personalized handshakes with each of his students.)

9. “When you have a chance to pee…take it!”

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10. “Find a seasoned teacher who you admire and learn from them!”

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11. “Don’t stress yourself out or wear yourself too thin! It’s a marathon and not a race!”

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12. “Don’t be afraid of mistakes. You’ll make many.”

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13. “Laugh, learn, and love every day with your students!”

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Have a piece of advice to add? Let us know in the comments, or e-mail