Collaboration Among Colleagues

Meghan Riley and Katelyn Stoner

Collaboration among colleagues is a noteworthy skill as a first-year teacher.  Coming straight out of college and student teaching, you might think you attain all the knowledge you need in order to become a successful teacher.  However, this is not the case but rather it is the opposite.  As first-year teachers we should expect to be taught just as much as we’re trying to teach our students.

Being the “New Kids on the Block” (not the band) we are quickly learning that teachable moments arise not only during instruction.  These moments occur during passing periods, during team/faculty meetings, while using the beloved yet hated copy machine, and even when you’re getting your daily caffeine fix from the teacher’s lounge.  It is clear that throughout the day we’re constantly interacting with our colleagues.  And the attitude we choose to bring into these interactions affects the Zen of our school.  

This being said, collaboration is an obvious key to being a successful first-year teacher.  Here are some words of wisdom that have proven to be beneficial for two newbie’s.  

Did you catch all that?  We know all this information might seem overwhelming right now, but this is how your first-year teaching will be.  Simply put: take bits and pieces away from this. It’s not possible to completely transform your style in a day.  Give yourself time to process and view this advice as stepping stones towards becoming a better educator.  Use what you need to tighten the nuts and bolts of your instructional delivery and to tweak the outlook about your new professional position in life.  Finally, breathe deep and enjoy your roller coaster of a first year.