Sept. 1, 2021

Tips & Tricks for First-Year Teachers (Part II) - PPD103

Another must listen for first-year teachers!

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We continue the conversation to help the new, first-year, teacher. We’re going to share more tips and tricks.

Also check out episode 102

Topics Discussed:

  • Relationships
  1. with Colleagues
  2. with Admin
  3. with Students
  4. with Parents
  • Relationships with KEY building personnel
  1. Custodians
  2. Secretaries/Administrative Assistants
  3. Site or district technology specialist

Tips & Tricks from Social Media:

  • Ruth Replogle (@ruthreplogle) - Gather good ideas. I listen to podcasts while I'm doing housework at night, and I listen to audiobooks while I walk to and from school.
  • Shea Smith (@EDUlonggame) - Get to know your site or district technology specialist. They can make your life in the classroom much easier!
  • Lisa Dabbs (@itslisadabbs) - 1. Reach out to parents via phone, email or an app and make positive connections with them long before you need to contact them due to an issue with their child. 2. Set up a private digital community on FB or IG where parents can see & share in the day to day activities. 3. Do seek out a mentor that can be that sounding board and guide on the side! This is critical!
  • Kristin Edwards (@kedwards51) - I wish that someone had told me that I should join prof. Organizations and Twitter for support. I also wish that I understood what knowledge I would gain with experience. During your first year, you don’t know what you don’t know…but you will get there in time. 
  • gotLearning (@GrowthOverTime) - #1 All students can learn. #2 Your classroom should be as much like life beyond the classroom as possible. #3 The best classroom management program is a good instructional program.
  • Ryan Gutsch (@BBTtrivia) - 1. Get to know the custodians and office secretaries. They truly run things. 2. Never work during your lunch break. Take that time for yourself.
  • Kathy Iwanicki (@kathyiwanicki) - Listen more...usually there is a reason behind why things are done the way they are.  Sometimes it is for a good reason!

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Alfonso Mendoza

Alfonso Mendoza Jr., is an Instructional Technologist, Podcaster and Google Innovator from the Rio Grande Valley located in the heart of South Texas. He attended the Univesity of Texas-Pan American and graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2003. He later found his true calling and passion in 2006 when he became a teacher. Alfonso taught in the classroom for 11 years where his business skills such as customer service, personalized service, and knowing your audience paid off in dividends as he became a successful classroom teacher.

During this time his passion for technology grew and experienced firsthand the amazing work that students can do if given the opportunity to create. Alfonso's class was even featured by Scratch MIT for the work he did with coding.

Alfonso serves as an Instructional Technologist and has received his Masters in Educational Technology, E-Learning Certification, Technology Leadership Certification from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, along with his Technology Director Certificate from TCEA. He is currently working on his doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Technology. He is also 1 of less than 3000 Google Innovators worldwide and was named 1 out of the top 50 EdTech Influencers on Augmented Reality K-12 worth a follow.

Alfonso is also a podcaster and blogger and loves to share his story and passion for education with others.