Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Advice for New Teachers Linky

I am linking up with Deb at Fabulously First to share a little bit of wisdom for new teachers.  When I first started teaching, I was talking to a co-worker about a child that was in my class.  I needed to call the parents about some of the behaviors that I was seeing.  She reminded me that the child was someone's baby.  It has always stuck with me.  It meant even more after I had my own kids.  No parent ever wants to hear that their child did something wrong and will get defensive if they hear something that their child did that was not positive.  I try to start my phone calls with positives.  Here is my advice...

I also made this into a poster to hang by my phone.  Every time I have to make dreaded phone calls this will be visible to me.

You can grab your freebie by clicking on the link below.
Poster Someone's Baby

Have a great day!


  1. I received advice along those same lines my first year as well. My mentor teacher told me to always tell parents something good to go along with the bad. I've never forgotten that and it has helped to smooth the path many a time.
    p.s. I'm now following your blog as well!
    The 85 Mile Commute

    1. Thanks so much for your message. Yes, I have always been told, "Start with a positive, then the main message, and end with a positive." :)

  2. Great advice Sara and I couldn't agree more! They are all so young and sometimes we forget that they have only been here for six or seven years on this earth. Thank you for linking up and giving excellent advice.

    1. You are welcome! Thanks for doing the fun linky! I have seen such good advice. They are great reminders for veteran teachers too. :)

  3. Sara,
    This is fabulous. Just fabulous to remember. Everybody should have that sign hanging on the phone! Thank you so much for sharing. I am your newest follower. I'd love you to stop by my blog if you get a chance!
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am heading over to your blog now! :)