For any of all of us, there are some scenarios that are the most stressful in our lives. The most recognized are a move, the end of the year or the birth and raising of children. There is another that also has its own dynamics and that is the change of your workplace. What happen when the one who changes schools is the teacher? Here are some tips for the new teachers who start working in a new educational center.
Starting a new job is a source of stress, because it is challenging. However, when we talk about the education sector, changing schools implies not only adapting to the conditions of your new position, but also knowing and understand the dynamics of both students, teachers and the school system itself.
This change from one school to another is not as simple as it sounds. One moves from one type of society to another, with other customs and ways. In part, it is similar to the migration process, only in this case it usually happens within the same city or country: you have to adapt and recognize what type of community you are dealing with.
With this challenge, I would like to propose some basic strategies for everything that teacher who changes his workplace. These tips are intended that one can adapt to how the system itself is, really recognizing who the leaders are within the community and what day-to-day life is like within this school. We go with each of those tips.
1. One of them would be to really identify who are the leaders and influencers within the teachers and managers. This means recognizing their interests, motivations and how they work and what are their educational paradigms, structures and work system. This means leaning a lot on who is going to be responsible and observing the dynamics and codes between teachers.
2. The second is to inquire about the type of community in which the students develop. This means discovering whether young people belong to an influential or risky social class. It is very different, for the same reason, the type of treatment or the language that each of the young people has.
3. Really recognize what it is the type of profile that the school system seeks with its students. It is very different if the school wants a well-rounded young person or with good academic results, even if it has an alternative education offer. I mention this because your objectives within your subject must be in accordance with the type of profile that is expected of the young person.
4. Calendar, types of evaluations and the work system itself. This is essential, because you will gradually recognize the same rhythm of work and the deadlines and moments of work. I remember, as an example, that in a school I was in, I had a semester test format in November. That meant that already in October one should have advanced his test proposal, so that the same revision of the document is feasible and evaluate its relevance.
5. Pay attention to how are the relations between the union and the management and if indeed how is the relationship between those in charge of the school with their workers.
6. Review the educational project, at least the general guidelines. In this way, you will be able to corroborate if your class objectives and teaching style are adapted to the school system.
7. Analyze the type of planning and the educational paradigm. By this I mean that if the educational technical unit is on the side with the new educational didactics or still maintains a rather traditional style.
This process, at least, it should be important to record it for at least the first three to four months of work. Adapt and recognize the necessary support points, always ask and recognize those people who can give you a good induction. And most importantly, calm and tranquility in the rhythms of work and learn to leave time for your own personal development. This is essential so that you can learn to adapt and live in peace within this new challenge.
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