How new teachers can build confidence

Top 7 Tips to Build Self-Confidence for New Teachers

Being a teacher is not easy. Possessing an innate confidence as a teacher will not happen overnight. It is a continuous process that happens with time. For new teachers, stepping into the classroom for the first time or first day in a new school can be quite overwhelming. It is quite normal for new teachers to be nervous. However, what is important is not to show the nervousness in front of the children in the classroom.

Some questions that come in the minds of new teachers.

  • Am I fit for the teaching role?

  • Have I chosen the wrong profession?

  • Am I a good fit for this school?

  • What if the children make fun of me?

It is crucial for new teachers to stop doubting themselves and build confidence in the classroom. When new teachers have self-confidence and demonstrate the same in front of the students, it positively impacts the students’ achievement and creates a strong bond between students-teachers.

Another question that most new teachers have in their minds is – How to build self-confidence?

If you are a new teacher, here are the tips to build self-confidence.

Teach more and more

  • The best way for new teachers like you is to build confidence in teaching.

  • The more you teach, the better you will get, and the more confident you will feel.

  • If you are a new teacher, there is no alternative but to gain experience and develop self-confidence.

  • You are responsible for building self-confidence and nurturing it.

  • Experience is the biggest confidence booster.

Think of yourself as learner

  • No one in this world is perfect. This is true for new teachers like you as well.

  • Learning is a continuous process. Think that you are a learner every time you go in the classroom in front of the children.

  • Every class is different and provides you the opportunity to learn something new.

  • You are a new teacher who has just started the journey in the field of K12 education.

  • Release the burden of unrealistic and unnecessary expectations that you have from yourself and others have from you.

  • Stop worrying and taking stress about what other teachers, administrators, or the management will think about you.

  • Everyone else around you is well aware of the fact that you have stepped into K12 education just recently.

  • You are doing your best and that is what matters.

  • Instead of overburdening yourself with various areas that you need to improve, focus on one specific area where you can improve.

  • Just like your students, you are bound to fail during your journey to build confidence

Be patient and you will be rewarded

  • As the famous quote goes – “Rome was not built in a day.”

  • Not just teaching, be it any field, developing confidence is a gradual process

  • For a new teacher, it won’t happen in a single class or two

  • The only thing that all new teachers like you can do is being patient and believe in yourself

Develop a positive mindset

  • For new teachers and even for the most experienced ones in K12 education, things may not always go according to our plan

  • Imagine you conduct a class test for a topic which you taught the learners a couple of days back. Most students get low marks in the test.

  • It is here that your confidence and mindset is really tested.

  • Following the low score by your students, you may feel hopeless, sad, frustrated, depressed, and even think about giving up teaching.

  • What if you say that you had a tough first class with the students, and the next one will be much better?

  • You can ask for feedback from students as to what really went wrong in the classroom.

  • Developing a positive mindset and becoming aware of your thinking will help you get the confidence which you are looking out for.

Pay attention to yourself

  • Confidence starts with self-belief.

  • If you want to have an exceptional class with the students, you first need to visualize it.

  • You will only be able to see happy and smiling faces of students in the classroom when you start to visualize them.

  • As a new teacher, you need to reflect on the students’ feedback and reactions, areas of improvement, things that you could have done better in the classroom, and also the things that you did perfectly well.

  • Self-awareness and self-realization will make you better, your teaching better, and most importantly your learners better.

Focus on the students in the class

  • To get enthusiastic and happy faces in the classroom, developing curiosity and active participation of students is vital.

  • Making teaching fun, enjoyable, interactive, and interesting will help you go a long way towards becoming a teacher that students like to learn from.

  • The use of games and fun learning activities will encourage more students to participate in the classroom.

  • New teachers need to focus on active involvement of learners in the classroom.

Constructive criticism is vital to build confidence

  • Constructive criticism does not mean highlighting negative points about yourself.

  • Building confidence is a byproduct of overcoming many obstacles to learn something perfectly.

  • Constructive criticism is a gift that you must cherish because it can really help you in becoming the best teacher in K12 education.

For you to experience the kind of results that you are looking out for in teaching, applying the given robust strategies go a long way to build confidence in teaching.