First year teacher interview presPresentation Transcript
By: Ciara, Dashia, Jessica, & Susanna
Teacher's First Year
Linda Fyffe: Former Math Teacher
Taught 7 th Grade Pre Algebra, 8 th Grade Algebra, and 9 th Grade Fundamentals of Math near Fort Worth
Advice to Future Teachers: “ Your beautiful and you need to watch 15 and 16-year-old boys flirting with you. Anything that looks inappropriate avoid. Avoid anything that seems weird. Be professional always, don’t spew politics or religion.”
“Greatest accomplishment is helping a student who doesn’t understand the material
seeing the light bulb go off.”
Earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Minored in Math
During first years working, earned a Masters in Counseling
Started as a substitute and received a position as a math teacher
About the School and Teaching
Middle School near Fort Worth
Taught math for three different grade levels
Mostly Hispanic students
Lower SES level
Began teaching at 23 years old, about 25 years ago
Eventually began counseling students in sexual education and working with Planned Parenthood
Overview of Teacher’s 1 st Year
Hardest part was discipline
This lead to wanting to educate in counseling
Teaching students was more than teaching, also help to shape character
Developing relationship with parent and child, understands more now that she is a parent how they must have felt
Biggest work load:
Paper work, planning, and grading
Took papers home to grade, didn’t stay after school too late
Colleagues were supportive, parents were not as involved because school wasn’t as much of a priority and worked a lot
My Teacher: Mari Burke
Current Occupation: 7 th grade English
Began Teaching: 2008
Demographics of FISD:
Student enrollment: 37,281
58% white, 15% Hispanic, 12% Asian, 10% African American
12% on free lunch
Average Home Value: $241,179
More than 2, 600 teachers with over 3.8 years experience.
Had a lot of support from colleagues, and administration
She said that the key to surviving the first year was the feedback she got from administration on her teaching styles and the reassurance that she was on the right track
Her colleagues helped with her lessons and activities, so did the internet, and the school district database called Eduphoria with resources.
Her First Year
First hired as a long term sub in Mckinney and the teacher left no plans, and she was hired three days before school started.
Transferred to Roach Middle School in FISD in the second six weeks where her starting salary was $45,000
Would go back in her first year and instill a good routines and procedures system.
Didn’t anticipate the hours it would take to thoroughly grade all the papers and assignments with proper rubrics.
She said her first official day was a blur and was six hours of needing to go to the bathroom, and doing her first day song and dance.
Age: Approx. 35
Years Teaching: 6
Area of Focus: Kindergarten but can teach up to grade 4
Current occupation: Kindergarten Teacher
Began teaching in 2006
Graduated from the University Of North Texas
Teaches at a north Texas elementrary school in a low SES area with a large percentage of hispanic and asian students making up the student body; 93% of the students are in the reduced or free lunch program; Title II School
Got her job with luck as she student taught there and landed a job the next semester
Mrs. Rimmel’s First Year Teaching
Mrs. Rimmel started out her teaching 2 months into the school year and had some problems establishing her “new” rules once the old teacher left.
She tried hard to make the first year perfect but felt as though it was a very beneficial learning experience.
On her first year with her rules in place at the beginning of the school year she found getting the children to respect her was much easier.
She faced a few boys who did not agree with her rules in the beginning with the change of establishment in the class room but soon she found through patience and enforcing the rules they soon complied before the year was over.
In later years she was faced with a very violent student whose actions begin to put the other children in danger through his outbursts. By sticking to the book and filing the paper work to get action taken, the boy was removed from the class and placed in a class that had a higher teachers to student ratio to keep him in check and programs to outlet his energy.
Important Advice for New Teachers
“Don’t beat yourself up. It’s so stressful no matter what you do the first year and don’t try to make it perfect.”
Graduated Oklahoma State with All Level Certification Physical Education and Health
Starting Salary $32,000 (Denton ISD)
Lee Elementary 2001-2005
Title 1 School (improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged)
Phys Ed K-5
Used ‘Love and Logic’
Philosophy or Mission
“ The primary goal of the Physical Education Department at Lee Elementary is to provide students with a safe and fun learning environment. By establishing a positive environment the students will be able to accumulate the knowledge and skills necessary to lead healthy, active lifestyles.”
First Year Woes
time management, parental contact, organizational skills lacking
(in college) more interactions/observations with teachers
dealings with CPS
lack of parental support
budget and class sizes
First Year Surprises
Starting Salary in Denton $32,000 vs starting salary in Oklahoma $24,000
support from teachers and administration then and now
lack of parental support
Lack of parental support
support from colleagues and administration
classroom management concerns
time management concerns
all felt prepared after college
paperwork load unexpected
student teachers were offered jobs
difficult to manage children because of the ‘case by case’ situations
Love and Logic-form of classroom management that makes students responsible for their own actions
“Focus on the positive! Fix the negatives that can be fixed, but stay tuned to the positive, you will see great things happen each day!”