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a grateful parent
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a grateful parent

that was very informative…thank you for sharing and kol hakovod

teen
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teen

school is so overrated

Teacher Too
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Teacher Too

First year is hard even for what are now the best teachers! However, teaching inst for everyone. Even if you were paid 80,000 dollars to teach it is a hard job that require lots of patience and inst for everbody. No harm in trying and good luck in whatever you do.

Thank you, teachers!
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Thank you, teachers!

Very well said. Teaching is the toughest profession I know of. Competent teachers are worth their weight in gold and very good teachers much more than that.

It’s getting harder and harder to teach well, with the over crowded classrooms, increasingly aggressive children, unrealistically demanding parents, and overbearing administrations.

ch resident
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ch resident

# 3 your spelling needs a lot of work. b”h you are not a teacher

Yitzchok
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Yitzchok

The problem with teachers in our neighborhood Crown Heights, and this might be insulting to hear, many teachers become teachers as a last resort, for whatever reason, they couldn’t or didn’t get to go on shlichus or a career in business didn’t work out. With that said they also didn’t bother to learn how to be a teacher, in my opinion, to be a teacher in any one of our schools you should need to go and get educated to become a teacher and not just have a good connection with the management of the school.

the shoe fits
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the shoe fits

I have three children and every one of them has a new teacher this year. I am happy with my children’s learning so far.

Last year one of my children had the teacher everyone wanted for their child and it did not work out so good for my child.

The experience of the teacher is not the most important thing in class. Chemistry is more important.

I'm a veteran teacher
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I'm a veteran teacher

Firstly, I want to say that you’re right…we all started out as novices and despite my successes (B”H there are many) I still cringe when recall the things I did (or didn’t do) that first year. How those children learned anything is truly chasdei Hashem! The thing is, we learn from those mistakes and become secure in our capabilities and our subject. Your point about parental attitudes is well taken. Parents contribute greatly to the success or failure of teachers. A young mother started blasting her daughter’s teacher in a most inappropriate public setting to me…and I don’t even teach… Read more »

Experienced Teacher
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Experienced Teacher

As a teacher I am at times taken back how Parents can talk to teachers. Ofcourse every teacher has room to imporve.Yet Parents who want thier children growing up with Derech Eretz should set that example.

The other side of the coin
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The other side of the coin

Dear First year Teacher I write to you as an 8th year teacher. It is very true that the first year is very hard. I would just like to say that there are some teachers who I have seen remain “a first year teacher” for 20 years and never take realise that teaching is not for them. They put hundreds of lives through their unplaned boring lessons and due to the lack of intrest for their job, many children have grown up ignorant and gone of the derech hatorah. I was one of those children who went through 6 years… Read more »

amazing
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amazing

well said. I love first year teachers- they want to show you how well they can do, and it really shows!

That was me!
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That was me!

I was that first year teacher you describe and now- years later the most wanted in the school! we all go through it!
very well writen!!

To " Teacher Too"
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To " Teacher Too"

$80,000? Where do teachers get paid that much??? How about half that amount…

the correct word is 'eluding' i believe
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the correct word is 'eluding' i believe

however, very good and timely article…hope parents get the message…

Solution
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Solution

I was a first year rebbi in a Chabad school and got no support from the admin.
Besides training, which unfortunately our melamdim do not get much of, the solution is to create a mentoring program where new teachers are paired with veteran good ones, where the veterans watch them teach and advise on skill and techniques.
My experience was a very lonely one, with next to no input from the principal and no offers of assistance from fellow teachers.

The problem is SOME parents
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The problem is SOME parents

The problem is that there are SOME parents that are totally out of control. They helicopter parent and want to make their child’s life like magic. Unfortunately, it is their children who will grow up handicapped and unable to deal with what life dishes out.

Dear Teen
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Dear Teen

I hope you will one day re-evaluate your comment. Education is one of the most valuable privileges you will have. And for free! (To you, at least.)

to parents
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to parents

picture in your mind that your child’s “first year teacher” is YOUR DAUGHTER begining her teaching career, and act accordindly.

Always compliment!!
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Always compliment!!

Compliment ,compliment , compliment!!
Catch them while they are doing good!! They will always remember that!!

Appreciative parent
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Appreciative parent

I sent 6 children KAH through all their years of school and therefore have experienced approximately 90 years with school and teachers! Some of the first-year teachers stand out in my mind like shining stars — they were so kind, loving, energetic, creative and completely given over to the students. I even remember a first-year teacher who became a kallah that year but didn’t lose her head at all — she was right in there as an excellent teacher throughout it all. Kudos to all those entering or continuing in Chinuch Al Taharas Hakodesh.I wish you continued hatzlacha. May Moshiach… Read more »

to #2
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to #2

Teen go to school. You might be a burden to taxpayers in the future.

teachers aren't paid,they work on very little
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teachers aren't paid,they work on very little

being paid and that is the hardest part of teaching,yet the administrations aren’t to crazy about it,we always paid the tutition in full,we do have a car or anything fancy,even when we did not have a penny left,tutition all ways got paid

Not impressed
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Not impressed

Children are not Ginnie pigs. Yes, there will be better and not as good teachers and parents have to except that fact gracefully (albeit it’s understandable that they’ll do the best for their child best interest) but that doesn’t excuse inadequacy. In truth I may agree with this article IF the author would define what the word “teacher” means. Is a teacher merely someone who decides they can take on a class and teach or did this “first year” teacher have training, and prior classroom experience? Is the teacher in the position because she deserves it or because she’s related?… Read more »

Thank you!
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Thank you!

As a former elementary school teacher. I would suggest against sizing up against other teachers, even if parents insist. I would engage in the teaching form that is most natural to you brings about your (and subsequently you students’) strengths. For example, Chaya may learn more teich in the other class, but in this class we focus on holistic teaching, that encourages the quality of learning not just list of words to memorize.

Teaching an exceptionally exhausting job, it is also low-paying, and thankless. But it truly is the most important job in the world. Best of luck!

why are parents paying a furtune for this?????
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why are parents paying a furtune for this?????

not fair! if this is a “try out” for the first time teacher, let it b on the house! not fair to hire teachers with no experience and/or no training and let our children b the guinea pigs?!?

From a teacher
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From a teacher

Very well written! No one, besides for teachers knows how much work and dedication goes into teaching. It is usually the parents of the toughest children who are the least appreciative of what we do. Anything that the child will do wrong in his/her ENTIRE life will always be the teacher’s or educational institution’s fault. Teachers, should be paid the most as they work extremely LONG hours after the day’s teaching (as you said), yet they are paid the least and recognized even less. If this can comfort you, a Mechanech once came to the Rebbe and complained that he… Read more »

Why should this profession be different than all others?
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Why should this profession be different than all others?

I’ve had many jobs, from blue collar schlepping work, to teaching, to being an attorney. The singular constant is that the customer is always right and as it says in Perkei Avos “the Master is pressing.” Every consumer has a right to question how well they are being served. Trying your best is not good enough, and success is all that matters. Teaching is no different than any other profession. There are too many inadequate teachers that get passes because of nepotism and retention of the status quo. If I wrote a public letter about how difficult being a lawyer… Read more »

I agree
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I agree

You’ve brought out some very good points. Well written and insightful. Thank you!

Very well written article
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Very well written article

This is very true and well articulated.

once was a student
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once was a student

you obiously never tried to see it from a students point of view bh im a young mother now with 3 children and am very happy with my life to put it honestly as a young girl i was popular and well liked smart and hard working and respectfull and this gave me no attention and this treatment has not changed the girls who are good no problems are just one of the girls or picked on and the grls who have messed up familys stupid or lazy get all the attenton its not fair if those grls really need… Read more »

thank you
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thank you

It feels so good i’m not the only one out there going through this. You’ve spelled it out so adequatly…thank you. Moshiach should come now!

Seriously....
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Seriously....

Not everyone is made for teaching. It’s a fact.

Patience on both sides
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Patience on both sides

It is a valid challenge for both the teacher and the child/parent. Patience and understanding are called for on both sides. I believe that when a school hires a first year teacher, the school is obligated to have a senior staff person observe her and give her constructive feedback on a regular basis. Another thing that is very useful is to have the first year teacher observe veteran teachers and watch what they do that is successful. This is often more valuable than any lessons she learned in the classroom before she was teaching. She can observe strategies that work… Read more »

fellow teacher
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fellow teacher

I feel like I’m reading my own story…

First year
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First year

I was lucky. My first year of teaching was in a small out of town school where good teachers were hard to come by. I did put a lot of effort into my lessons and projects but the parents and students were so grateful for anything I did with them. Later down the line I taught in bigger schools and bigger cities where expectations were higher and it wasn’t always a smashing success. The students had much more of a BTDT attitude and no extra effort was ever good enough. i’ll always be grateful for my first year teaching experience… Read more »

new program
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new program

there is now a new program running in CH, a branch of a big program called ” JEWISH NEW TEACHERS Program” it is fabulous! it pairs up new teachers with veteran teachers, and the veteran teacher meets with the new one once a week and observes his\her class once a week. this not only gives the teacher proper support, it also furthers the teachers skills and classroom management!

Respect
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Respect

How about some respect for us teachers who spend hours and hours (w hich we don’t get paid for) and spend our nights and Sundays preparing- how about some respect from us- for parents and especially from directors.
Thank you.

another teacher
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another teacher

I felt the same way…except that I decided to find a job working from home, where I wouldn’t have to pay childcare fees in order to help children whose parents refused to work with me. I may as well help my own child instead…no reason to be exhausted with him because I threw all my energies into someone else’s child…and they don’t even care.

the problem
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the problem

the problem is that there are few veteran teachers! Most of the elementary teachers are there til they get married or go on shlichus. As soon as a school gets a great teacher she either goes on maternity leave (3 months into the school year) or goes on shlichus. Older teachers are often not hired. A friend of mine found out that she was considered ineligible to teach because she is too old (early 40s) and the position was given to a kid fresh from school despite her experience.

Wonderful!
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Wonderful!

As a current CH teacher & a teacher in general for about 15 years – thank you for this article. Every teacher has to have a 1st year. I, BH, have had so many happy parents over the years & that gives me the chizuk to keep doing what I’m doing. Parents: You can’t imagine how much love & effort & sometimes the teacher’s hard earned money goes into your precious children. Remember to thank them every so often, whether it’s a note, a gift, a message on the mitzvah note. We just want to be appreciated!!

Teacher in non Lubav school
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Teacher in non Lubav school

So I guess most of the people posting here would have no problem taking their child to a medical student for all their health care.
A teacher plays a vital role in the development of a child, just as a doctor is vital to a childs health.
In my opinon it needs to take an average of at least two years after co-teaching with an experienced teacher to teach solo.

to #3
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to #3

i agree with #5. and it also helps to ‘think’ BEFORE you ‘talk’

To #25
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To #25

I want to tell you a story. I was a first year teacher once. After a few weeks in the classroom, the principal asked me to consider taking a transfer student from another classroom, in which there was a seasoned teacher. You see, the seasoned teacher was not teaching that student in a way the student could learn. The principal had observed me, and he felt that my way of teaching (based on 4 years of college and a year of teaching internship, along with a somewhat inate sense of the art), might be more effective for this particular student.… Read more »

Agree w/ 15 - No admin support for new teachers
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Agree w/ 15 - No admin support for new teachers

In our largest yeshieva with 4 clases to every grade, the new teachers get very little support. Big problem.

TEEN
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TEEN

im a teen and my teachers dont have a clue how to teach, and i get things before them, thats how much they prepare. my teachers that were straight from semanary were amazing. they were intresting and prepared and nobody gave them a hard time because people who are smart can tell when they have a good thing. and to most people in the world TEACHING IS NOT A SIDE JOB U HAVE A BUNCH OF GROWING KIDS/ TEENS YOUR IN CHARGE OF THIER FUTURE!!! IF YOU CANT TEACH FIND OTHER JOB!!!!

Teacher of grade 1
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Teacher of grade 1

A parent joined me on a class trip at the end of the year and told me that at the start of the year, she went to the Head and asked him what her child will be learning. He said “you know, all different stuff”! she couldn’t get out of him anything. In fact, this Head has no clue what I teach!!!

Dear teacher
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Dear teacher

While on the topic of teachers, here is a letter someone wrote to a teacher. Dear Teacher, Thank you. Thank you for being a teacher. And thank you for choosing to use your time and talents teaching students when you had so many other career options, most of which offer better pay, more comfortable working conditions, and much more respect from the general public than the teaching profession does. Thank you for taking yet another exam to prove your competence, although you have already completed five or more years of college and hundred of dollars’ worth of standardized tests. Thank… Read more »

to principals and community leaders
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to principals and community leaders

schools need to take responsibility for first year teachers
with intensive training and support
this will help immensely

Dear parents
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Dear parents

Thank your teachers
It goes a long way

to # 13
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to # 13

How about half of the half! I am a teacher and although I have over 5 years experience and am EXTREMELY talented, I am only making a little over 20,000. Most teachers, unless they have 3 degrees under their belts, with over 15 years experience, make more than 40,000. We work our teeth out for pennies, and we somehow manage to greet everyone with a smile anyway….

Former Teacher
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Former Teacher

A teacher who is trying his/her best without experience is not so much a problem as teacher with an arrogant attitude who thinks they know better than the parents.

to #5
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to #5

… as does your grammar.

To ppl who know teens go on here:
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To ppl who know teens go on here:

Be careful what you say. It may be insulting.

To # 15
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To # 15

The idea of mentoring already exists, there are currently about a dozen teachers in CH being mentored and trained through JNTP and MEF.

# 5
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# 5

Your grammar is painful to look. Does CAPS work on your computer by any chance?

unfair to children!!
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unfair to children!!

You might be the exception, however my kids have been through first year teachers who have absolutely ruined them – not scholastically but emotionally. Too painful to even write about.

Bais Chaya mushka
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Bais Chaya mushka

In BCM R’Plotkin trains all teachers new and veteran with almost monthly workshops with top educators.maybe Bais Rivka. And bnos menachem ought to learn from them
It is very important!!! I’m very impressed with this professional school that takes action on behalf of their students

morah
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morah

I geuss im very gbentched, being a mother and a morah, Ive seen many first year Morahs do an absolutely wonderful job!Morahs Ch. Kaplan,F. Minkowitz,D. cohen,R.Liberov,R. New,D.L..Yarmushand the list goes on….a little advice,you must love children and teaching with every ounce of your being,otherwise….

Israel
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Israel

May i ask why in Israel you can’t get a teaching job without a B.A = 4 years of learning -university-academy-seminary?

Not that anyone cares...
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Not that anyone cares...

A Morah is someone (like in the poem) that gives a lot of themselves. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Your child is not a guinea pig, but your child IS a human being with certain expectations. If your child cannot sit still in class LIKE THE REST OF THE CLASS, the teacher actually does not need to change his/her whole lesson plan. But he/she does. So now you smile and say thank you from the bottom of your heart before every teacher in the world picks up and leaves. We are not paid nearly enough to get the bashing and demands… Read more »

thanks
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thanks

Dear first year teacher, thanks for your “words from the heart” In my first year of teaching (Bais Rivka, 7th grade language arts…) I was desperately seeking chizuk…I saw a vetern co-worker while shopping and asked her for her “on one foot” advice…….her response? “First, love them!” Thank you, Mrs.Debbie Sperlin!!! Did my 5 yrs at Bais Rivka, then did 10 years at LEC of Miami…now, baruch Hashem, I’m the substitute teacher “next door” in Ft Myers…It’s hashgascha protis which teacher your child gets, but each parent has the free will to choose mentschlich behavior (or not, chas v’shalom) Hatzlocha… Read more »

GO ONLINE SCHOOL!!!!
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GO ONLINE SCHOOL!!!!

we <3 our teachers!

University education
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University education

I truly believe this problem would be eliminated if teachers in Lubavitch schools were actually trained in university! It’s ridiculous that girls are allowed to teach without a degree, I would never let my child be a student with a teacher who hasn’t been properly trained. Go get a university education and only teach if it’s what you actually want to do! Not all people would have to be teachers if they actually had the opportunity to go university and choose their career. That is the only solution to the terrible education that is occurring in most Lubavitch schools.

to 23
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to 23

What does related have to do with anything? I teach because I WANT TO TEACH. My parents are BT- i have no lubavitch relates and i’m working in a school in crown heights. what’s family got to do with anything. They hired me beucase i love what i do.

to 23 but not spicifically
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to 23 but not spicifically

please please please…… I have to say that i have seen alot of talk about bts, vs. ffbs recently… i just feel the need to say….. It really rubs me the wrong way when people feel the need to be defensive about thier parents being BTs…. even the term”BT” i find to be digrading and disrespectful… dont attribute any defensiveness or digrading to yourself and your parents…. as for people that feel the need to shtech BTs…. they are loser.. why mess with losers if u are not one of them? Be proud of who u are and dont try… Read more »

to 23
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to 23

see last paragraph : “They remind me that I was responsible and took educational courses offered by our own mosdos on practical teaching methodology and continued to take classes as I taught to do my best to be the best that I can be. They tell me that much of a teacher’s success comes from experience and I have my first year behind me. ” very well written article! which school does this first year teacher work in? I’d love my child in her class! If all teachers would care like the author does and continuously strive to be their… Read more »

Morah
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Morah

I taught for many years in our mosdos.
My children are now going through the system.
This author is just the kind of teacher I would love my children to have
A caring sensitve teacher, who reflects on her own teaching
midos tovos yiras shamayim
these are the things that make an impact on our impressionable children
they see through all of our teachers and know when someone is real
HATZLACHA

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