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New Teacher Training Series Part Five: 5 Keys to Making the Transition from Student to Teacher

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Show Notes:

Looking back, after completing my student teaching and graduating from college with my education degree, I truly thought I was prepared. However, reality started to set in when the realization that I’d have to run an entire classroom on my own and all of the responsibilities that came with it started to sink in. How is it that just a few short months ago, I was in someone else’s classroom, with someone else’s kids, running their routines and procedures, with all of the support, but now it’s just me?

After working with teachers for decades now, I learned that I wasn’t alone with this overwhelming feeling of being a brand new teacher and having no clue where to get started. Throughout this new teacher series, I’ve discussed practical topics that new teachers want to know more about when it comes to running a classroom. However, the topic for today deals more with you personally and your own transition. So in today’s episode, I’m discussing how to make an identity shift from student teacher to full-time teacher and why that can be challenging.

Even with all your preparation and work, making the transition from student teacher to full-time teacher can be overwhelming and stressful, and you may not feel prepared for all you have to take on. Let’s be honest, there were aspects of teaching that the lead teacher handled that you were unaware of. Now that you’re the lead teacher, it’s your responsibility. With these new responsibilities in mind, I’ve compiled five keys for making this new transition in your life more manageable. Each key idea uncovers a new reason why this transition can be challenging while also providing you with support and guidance on ways to make it more smooth.

Although being a teacher is what you want and went to school for, it’s difficult to anticipate all of the challenges you’ll face as a full-time teacher in your own classroom. That is part of the reason making the transition from student teacher to full-time teacher can be challenging. But in order to overcome that fear and make that transition seamlessly, take into account the five reasons why you might be struggling and how you can make this identity shift effortless.

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

  • 5 keys for making the transition from student teacher to full-time teacher seamless and effortless
  • Why most students graduating college feel unprepared in their own classroom, and how to overcome that
  • Ways to tackle your increased responsibilities by implementing specific strategies, routines, and procedures
  • How a lack of support can affect your confidence in the classroom and ways to be active in online teaching communities
  • Preview of next week’s episode in the series about teachers leaving the profession and how you can avoid being one of them 

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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.

💛 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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