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New Teacher Training Series Part Nine: Building Your Confidence as a New Teacher

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You’ve just graduated from your education program, spent weeks student teaching, landed your first teaching job, and now you’re spending all summer setting up your classroom and preparing for a great first year of teaching. All of that sounds amazing, doesn’t it? You’ve excelled in every step of this process, so you should be filled with confidence heading into the first day of school, right?

For most first-year teachers, that answer would be no. Even though first-year teachers have gained all this knowledge and practical experience, there still seems to be a lack of confidence in new teachers. And honestly, that’s totally understandable. Whether you’re starting something new or embarking on a new career path, it’s only natural to feel nervous and less confident.

But despite it being a natural feeling, I want to make sure you know how to increase your new teacher confidence so you’re ready for the first day of school. So, in part nine of the series, I’m sharing ways to build your confidence as a new teacher. In each of my seven ideas, they each focus on the different aspects of teaching. They range from a classroom management plan, building relationships, communication with parents, collaboration, and focusing on professional development and reflection.

It’s not easy to naturally feel confident when preparing for your first classroom. All of your emotions and doubts start to creep in, but it’s important to remember that you have control over your mindset and actions. By taking in each of my ways to build your confidence as a new teacher and asking for help when you need it, you will feel success and confidence as you step into your new teacher role for the first time.

Inside this week's show, you'll learn:

  • A quick overview of what topics we’ve covered in this series and how they can help new teachers
  • 7 ways to build your confidence as a new teacher, along with examples of how each idea can be implemented or accomplished
  • Why you need to spend time thinking about how you want your classroom to be run so you can clearly communicate that with students and parents 
  • A reminder that building confidence takes time and effort, so be patient and consistent with the work you’re doing
  • A preview of next week’s episode, the last in the series, about how to manage your mindset

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I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for your first, second, or third year of teaching. Until next time, remember, just because you're a beginning elementary teacher, there's no need for you to struggle like one.

πŸ’› Lori

Dr. Lori Friesen | Beginning Teacher Mentor

Creator of the R.E.A.D.Y. for School Academy and The Classroom Management Club, Dr. Lori Friesen has mentored thousands of beginning teachers across the country through her workshops and courses. Host of the popular podcast Beginning Teacher Talk and author of Dear New Teacher, Here’s Exactly What to Do, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at

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