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Making the Shift from Student Teacher to Teacher

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Can you believe how fast this school year is going? We are nearing the end of the school year and if you are graduating soon with your teaching degree, CONGRATULATIONS! πŸŽ‰ I am so excited for you to begin your first year as a teacher in the fall.

The first year of teaching is so memorable and exciting, but also challenging. Nothing can fully prepare you for the realities and responsibilities of having your own classroom but there are things that you can do to prepare yourself for being solely in charge of your own classroom. Shifting from student to teacher is a big leap, but I am sharing some tips to help you feel successful and confident as you head into your first year of teaching.

There are some big differences between being a student teacher and a classroom teacher and a lot of them have to do with the amount of responsibility placed on you. In order to help you make this transition, I am sharing 10 key differences between student teaching and being a classroom teacher and what you can do now to prepare for the changes ahead.

In this episode, I share ways to prepare for managing parents, managing your mindset, classroom management, having less support, building professional relationships, planning and preparing lessons, and more. I am also giving you 8 quick tips for what you can do to prepare yourself for all of these upcoming changes.

If you are ready to start building your professional community, join us inside the Beginning Teacher Talk Private Facebook Group. And if you are looking for help in preparing for all these big changes coming, check you the READY for School Academy and the Classroom Management Club to see if one would be a great fit for you. Remember, doors for both are open until summer. I would love to support you as you begin to plan for your first year in your very own classroom!

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

  • Why your first year teaching is so exciting but also challenging.
  • 10 key differences between student teaching and having your own classroom and what you can do to start preparing for these big changes.
  • 8 Quick tips for what you can do to help prepare yourself for the transition to running your own classroom.
  • All about the contest for your chance to win $1,000 for your classroom! Find how to enter on Instagram @beginningteachertalk. The contest ends April 16th at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be announced by May 10, 2023.

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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, 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 creator of the innovative literacy program for 1st and 2nd grade, Dogs Help Kids Read and Succeed, Dr. Lori is dedicated to serving educators and inspiring learners. Learn more at and at

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