How To Survive  Probation Some Tips To Ensure That You Will Have A Career In Teaching
Just Because  You Were Hired… <ul><li>You are in the second part of the interview process – the part where the employer ge...
Just Because  You Were Hired… <ul><li>Your principal, the consulting teachers, BTSA advisors, department chairs, and colle...
Just Because  You Were Hired… <ul><li>Your college advisor and/or former principal and/or your aunt/uncle on the school bo...
Just Because  You Were Hired… <ul><li>Your student teaching and/or interview skills may have gotten you a contract. </li><...
Now, it is up to you… The UACT version of “Survivor” is about to begin!
New Teacher Survival Skills <ul><li>You can survive and thrive during your probationary period if you work hard, pay atten...
Suggestions are really directives . <ul><li>“ Why not consider” or Why don’t you try” or “Consider covering this in your l...
Deadlines Are Not Permissive <ul><li>Missing a deadline is a big deal, even if your principal tells you it isn’t. </li></u...
Missing Meetings Is Not Good <ul><li>Don’t think that you won’t be missed. </li></ul><ul><li>Being MIA is not the kind of ...
Being “too hip” for the room. <ul><li>Cal State Mojave may have a better reading program, but teaching it instead of the “...
Being “too hip” for the room. <ul><li>Remember where you work. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember you are around their babies. </l...
Being “too hip” for the room. <ul><li>Avoid discussions about the “big three”- religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin <...
Forgetting You Are A Rookie <ul><li>Believe it or not, education actually occurred before you arrived on the scene. </li><...
Forgetting You Are A Rookie <ul><li>Getting along with staff members is more important for you than for them. </li></ul><u...
Don’t Challenge the School Royalty <ul><li>The principal is usually afraid of this person, so don’t think you can survive ...
Don’t Take “Extra” Credit For Colleagues Ideas or Programs <ul><li>Don’t incorporate their ideas and add your own without ...
Gaffes At Open House <ul><li>Statements like, “I am still learning,” or “This is the first time I ever taught this,” or “I...
Keep Good Records and Files <ul><li>Save notes, emails, and letters from parents and the principal. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Document, Document, Document,  and when you’re done document some more! <ul><li>Kids that are problematic have more rights...
Forgetting That Your Principal Has the Right To Be Wrong <ul><li>Rarely will the system side with you if you get into a pe...
Asserting “Rights” You Don’t Have. <ul><li>Discussing something with your principal is different than arguing with your pr...
Probation Law <ul><li>You may be dismissed for virtually any reason. </li></ul><ul><li>You may request a hearing IF you ar...
Probation, temporary, intern? <ul><li>Know what you are </li></ul><ul><li>Know the difference </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure ...
Learn To Sort Good Advice From Bad Advice <ul><li>Your consulting teacher/ BTSA support provider is a reliable source of a...
Mixing Friends, Lovers, Others  <ul><li>Having your spouse, dad, significant other involved with your job issues is almost...
Ignoring “Bad News” hoping things will get better. <ul><li>While some criticism is expected, comments from your principal ...
Ignoring inappropriate student behavior, especially during an observation. <ul><li>You can turn a negative into a positive...
Attitude, Attitude, Attitude <ul><li>Sometimes saying, “I did not realize that,” or “I see what you mean,” or “I am sorry ...
Being too embarrassed to ask for help. <ul><li>Early intervention almost always yields positive results. </li></ul><ul><li...
The Blame Game Doesn’t Work <ul><li>My principal came in on Monday, Friday, the day before a holiday, the day after a holi...
Confusing Luck With Preparation. <ul><li>It’s always great to be lucky, but being prepared increases your odds for success...
Telling, or Listening, To Parent Tales About Other Teachers <ul><li>The comments almost always get back to the other teach...
Don’t Mistake Being A Pal With Being A Teacher <ul><li>It’s great to be popular with the kids, but forgetting that you are...
Where to draw the line with kids <ul><li>You are the adult </li></ul><ul><li>What you think is innocent may not be interpr...
NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER <ul><li>Touch a child unless you have to- prevent him/her from hurting himself/herself...
Teacher Triple Jeopardy <ul><li>Lose your job </li></ul><ul><li>Lose your career </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Jail </li></ul>
When to call the union <ul><li>Principal meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Weingarten rights </li></ul><ul><li>Advice </li></ul><u...
Ignoring Yourself And Family Is Not A Good Idea <ul><li>Not every paper needs to be graded. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure yo...
Working Too Hard Will Make You Dread Your Job <ul><li>If you are correcting papers during church, sporting events, or brea...
Working Too Hard Will Make You Dread Your Job <ul><li>It will also make you overly sensitive, grouchy, and not much fun to...
Forgetting To Keep Things In Perspective <ul><li>Doing a good job is important, but this is not brain surgery. </li></ul><...
Plan for your future <ul><li>Think about retirement NOW. </li></ul><ul><li>Use 403Bs, IRC 125s, talk to a STRS counselor, ...
Work Hard, Have Fun, And Enjoy Your First Year. <ul><li>Teaching is a special job. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate learning </...
Jake Anderson Primary Contact Staff UACT [email_address] O 805-497-8220 F 805-497-1458 www.conejoteachers.com On Facebook ...
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  1. 1. How To Survive Probation Some Tips To Ensure That You Will Have A Career In Teaching
  2. 2. Just Because You Were Hired… <ul><li>You are in the second part of the interview process – the part where the employer gets to know you. </li></ul><ul><li>You can be let go for good reasons, bad reasons, no reasons. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Just Because You Were Hired… <ul><li>Your principal, the consulting teachers, BTSA advisors, department chairs, and colleagues are all getting to know you and what you can and cannot do. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Just Because You Were Hired… <ul><li>Your college advisor and/or former principal and/or your aunt/uncle on the school board and/or, etc. may have gotten you in the door… </li></ul>
  5. 5. Just Because You Were Hired… <ul><li>Your student teaching and/or interview skills may have gotten you a contract. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Now, it is up to you… The UACT version of “Survivor” is about to begin!
  7. 7. New Teacher Survival Skills <ul><li>You can survive and thrive during your probationary period if you work hard, pay attention, ASK QUESTIONS, and use the resources available to you. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Suggestions are really directives . <ul><li>“ Why not consider” or Why don’t you try” or “Consider covering this in your lesson?” or “Think about your pacing” are all nice ways your principal or consulting teachers are saying “DO IT THIS WAY” </li></ul>
  9. 9. Deadlines Are Not Permissive <ul><li>Missing a deadline is a big deal, even if your principal tells you it isn’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Missing two deadlines is almost always fatal. </li></ul><ul><li>“ My dog died” or “My boyfriend ate it” will only work once. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Missing Meetings Is Not Good <ul><li>Don’t think that you won’t be missed. </li></ul><ul><li>Being MIA is not the kind of attention that you want. </li></ul><ul><li>Calling in sick will only work once, maybe twice. </li></ul><ul><li>Be on time! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Being “too hip” for the room. <ul><li>Cal State Mojave may have a better reading program, but teaching it instead of the “backward” program your principal likes will lead to you using EdJoin again next spring. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Being “too hip” for the room. <ul><li>Remember where you work. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember you are around their babies. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing your tattoos or body piercings at back to school night will not make you “New Teacher of the Year”. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume everyone else is trendy or hip. </li></ul><ul><li>Talking about your “wild weekend” will lead to loose talk. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Being “too hip” for the room. <ul><li>Avoid discussions about the “big three”- religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin </li></ul><ul><li>It’s great that you are living in a vegan commune with your boyfriend, but it will not play well in Ventura Co. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You have a right to a lifestyle, but do not assume everyone is open and understanding. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Forgetting You Are A Rookie <ul><li>Believe it or not, education actually occurred before you arrived on the scene. </li></ul><ul><li>Defer to your senior colleagues and don’t let your enthusiasm get you into trouble. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Forgetting You Are A Rookie <ul><li>Getting along with staff members is more important for you than for them. </li></ul><ul><li>It may be that the teacher next door did not get her grade preference, classroom, etc. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Don’t Challenge the School Royalty <ul><li>The principal is usually afraid of this person, so don’t think you can survive if you get into it with them. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember – The most belligerent teacher has rights you do not. </li></ul><ul><li>Bite your tongue until you get tenure. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Don’t Take “Extra” Credit For Colleagues Ideas or Programs <ul><li>Don’t incorporate their ideas and add your own without keeping them informed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do Your Share </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not being seen as a “team player” is almost always fatal. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Gaffes At Open House <ul><li>Statements like, “I am still learning,” or “This is the first time I ever taught this,” or “I am one page ahead of the kids” do not break the ice, even if the parents laugh. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Keep Good Records and Files <ul><li>Save notes, emails, and letters from parents and the principal. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents will not always tell the truth about you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principals can get confused about what they said and when they said it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All written communications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IPS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Good records are worth their weight in gold. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Document, Document, Document, and when you’re done document some more! <ul><li>Kids that are problematic have more rights than you. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the parents see a different child at home than you do at school. </li></ul><ul><li>You are teaching their baby. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Forgetting That Your Principal Has the Right To Be Wrong <ul><li>Rarely will the system side with you if you get into a personality clash and/or philosophical war with your principal. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Principal has been certified as an expert by the state and the district. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Asserting “Rights” You Don’t Have. <ul><li>Discussing something with your principal is different than arguing with your principal. </li></ul><ul><li>Do it his/her way, at least until you actually have due process rights. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Probation Law <ul><li>You may be dismissed for virtually any reason. </li></ul><ul><li>You may request a hearing IF you are dismissed mid-year. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are being non-reelected in your second year you MUST be notified by March 15 th . </li></ul><ul><li>“You’re just not a good fit” </li></ul>
  24. 24. Probation, temporary, intern? <ul><li>Know what you are </li></ul><ul><li>Know the difference </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you keep records of the contracts the district has you sign </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you ask the association if something doesn’t seem right, or if you’re curious, or if you’re unsure </li></ul>
  25. 25. Learn To Sort Good Advice From Bad Advice <ul><li>Your consulting teacher/ BTSA support provider is a reliable source of advice and counsel. </li></ul><ul><li>The “Principal is a jerk, and should be in Special Day Class” teacher may be right, but his/her advice will not get you tenure. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Mixing Friends, Lovers, Others <ul><li>Having your spouse, dad, significant other involved with your job issues is almost always fatal. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s even worse if the person is a lawyer or a teacher from another district. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s your job, not theirs. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Ignoring “Bad News” hoping things will get better. <ul><li>While some criticism is expected, comments from your principal like, “I am very concerned about ….” or “You are not making the type or progress I was hoping for” need immediate attention. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Ignoring inappropriate student behavior, especially during an observation. <ul><li>You can turn a negative into a positive by using appropriate classroom control techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Pretending that it isn’t happening will not work. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Attitude, Attitude, Attitude <ul><li>Sometimes saying, “I did not realize that,” or “I see what you mean,” or “I am sorry it didn’t go well, and I will try harder,” work miracles. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Being too embarrassed to ask for help. <ul><li>Early intervention almost always yields positive results. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing your consulting teacher/BTSA provider can make all the difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Problems in November can be fixed. Problems in March rarely can be worked out. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask your grade level, department chair, or that helpful teacher who came to you on the first day of work. </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Blame Game Doesn’t Work <ul><li>My principal came in on Monday, Friday, the day before a holiday, the day after a holiday, etc. will not work if you were not prepared with a lesson or activity. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Confusing Luck With Preparation. <ul><li>It’s always great to be lucky, but being prepared increases your odds for success. </li></ul><ul><li>A lesson that was well prepared that just didn’t work is far better than “Cut me some slack. I was just winging it because I was in Vegas all weekend.” </li></ul>
  33. 33. Telling, or Listening, To Parent Tales About Other Teachers <ul><li>The comments almost always get back to the other teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ve never been in her classroom, I can’t comment” </li></ul><ul><li>Listening will be interpreted as agreement. </li></ul><ul><li>Shift the conversation and refer the parent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you talked to the teacher? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you spent some time in his/her room? </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Don’t Mistake Being A Pal With Being A Teacher <ul><li>It’s great to be popular with the kids, but forgetting that you are the teacher when dealing with students could result in having your career end quickly! </li></ul>
  35. 35. Where to draw the line with kids <ul><li>You are the adult </li></ul><ul><li>What you think is innocent may not be interpreted that way </li></ul><ul><li>Be careful about notes </li></ul><ul><li>Do not socialize outside of school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No Starbucks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Jamba Juice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dinner at mom’s? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do not make Facebook friends </li></ul>
  36. 36. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER <ul><li>Touch a child unless you have to- prevent him/her from hurting himself/herself or somebody else. </li></ul><ul><li>Be alone with a child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you absolutely have to - keep a door open or even better- tell another teacher or even better- go to a room with other adults. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t flirt- </li></ul><ul><li>DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>****************************************** </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An accusation can end </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>your career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IMMEDIATELY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AND </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PERMANENTLY </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. Teacher Triple Jeopardy <ul><li>Lose your job </li></ul><ul><li>Lose your career </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Jail </li></ul>
  38. 38. When to call the union <ul><li>Principal meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Weingarten rights </li></ul><ul><li>Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Help finding something </li></ul><ul><li>Sounding Board </li></ul><ul><li>Discount Tix/Insurance </li></ul>
  39. 39. Ignoring Yourself And Family Is Not A Good Idea <ul><li>Not every paper needs to be graded. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure you build recreation, spiritual and/or emotional time into your schedule. Don’t forget your spouse, kids, significant other… </li></ul><ul><li>Rest, exercise, rest, eat right and rest. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Working Too Hard Will Make You Dread Your Job <ul><li>If you are correcting papers during church, sporting events, or breakfast, you are probably working too hard. </li></ul><ul><li>Being prepared and being perfect are not the same thing. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Working Too Hard Will Make You Dread Your Job <ul><li>It will also make you overly sensitive, grouchy, and not much fun to be around. </li></ul><ul><li>Your students will notice right away. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, teaching is supposed to be rewarding and fun. </li></ul>
  42. 42. Forgetting To Keep Things In Perspective <ul><li>Doing a good job is important, but this is not brain surgery. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Take constructive criticism. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect mistakes. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Never forget that it will get easier, and you will make it. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Plan for your future <ul><li>Think about retirement NOW. </li></ul><ul><li>Use 403Bs, IRC 125s, talk to a STRS counselor, think about your kid’s college funds, plan, plan, plan, and plan more. </li></ul><ul><li>Summer savers program through First Financial. </li></ul><ul><li>Would you like a workshop on these topics? </li></ul>
  44. 44. Work Hard, Have Fun, And Enjoy Your First Year. <ul><li>Teaching is a special job. </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrate learning </li></ul><ul><li>Find joy in your student’s progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember: Those who can, teach! </li></ul>
  45. 45. Jake Anderson Primary Contact Staff UACT [email_address] O 805-497-8220 F 805-497-1458 www.conejoteachers.com On Facebook and Twitter

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