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Help a Stressed Out New Teacher?

Today’s post is a question I received via email this week from a student teacher feeling “ill-prepared” for her first teaching job this fall:

Hey, Laura!
I am a 23-year-old student teacher wrapping up my ST semester. Much to my dismay, I have not had the best experience due to my cooperating teacher being very gossipy, harshly critical, and a micromanager. I have managed to finish strong, but I feel a bit of imposter syndrome since my CT has not given me any control or left the classroom much at all during the semester. I feel ill-prepared to take on a classroom of my own in the fall. Do you have any advice for how to go into my first year of teaching with confidence despite the disadvantages I have dealt with?

– Jackie*

*Not her real name. Email used with permission.

My answer (cozy up because I had a LOT to say about this one):

Resources mentioned in the video
• Neil Gaiman’s “Make Good Art” speech:

• Free 20Time project-based learning materials:

• Free calendars for English 9-10:

• Free calendar for English 11/American Literature:

• Quarter Trios (classroom community builder + sponge games) explainer video:

• My shop on

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Okay, blog family, what have I forgotten? What’s your advice to Jackie and all of the other soon-to-be first-year teachers feeling that same lack of confidence? Let’s fill up those teachers’ toolboxes!

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