Hopefully, by the end of the first week, you will be finding your feet - if you are a primary teacher, you will be getting to know your children reasonably well; if a secondary teacher, you will probably have faced each of your classes at least once.
You will also have an idea of what your timetable is like and the structure of your days.
There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for the weeks and months ahead ...
- Gain an overview of the balance of your days and week; it could be that mornings are very intensive, in terms of teacher input, or that some days are filled with difficult-to-control classes, for example.
- Plan for a balanced approach - when you've gained an overview, try to account for this variety in your planning; don't plan whole days of talk-heavy lessons, and if you have a series of difficult classes, try to incorporate some lessons that will lessen the stress.
- Keep an eye on your marking - some subjects, topics or lessons will create piles of marking, while others will give a lighter load; try to keep a balance in your marking as well as your planning.