Posted by emoot(: (188.8.131.52) on July 31, 2003 at 12:28:59:
In Reply to: any advice or suggestions? posted by Jules (184.108.40.206) on July 30, 2003 at 21:57:01:
> Hi everyone,
> As fours, I was wondering what your thoughts were on this situation. I just started a job...its teaching. It's my first week. I'm stressed and dreading going into work everyday. Also, all the students are older than me which makes me feel more intimidated. I feel like an idiot like I'm doing an awful job. I'm all nervous and not very familiar with what I'm teaching so that doesn't help. I don't feel like I'm bonding with the students and I feel very unconfident. The thing is I don't know whether I should stick it out or whether I should just can the whole thing. Maybe I need to try harder? Look I'm being indecisive again.. oh brother! I sure would appreciate any advice and help. Maybe I should take a shot of vodka before I head to work..haha
> Stephanie...congrats on your job and emoot...I loved your advice for re: I'm in a weird mood...but
Hey, thanks jules! Glad to hear that some of my experience in life is helpful to others.
Speaking of which.... I just wrote a long thing down there under stephanies new job post "Hello everyone" ..... i answered some questions which she originally asked me about in the "weird mood" post....
It's pretty long but I wrote some stuff about fear, intimidation etc... some of it might be applicable to your situation.
PS: I think the first week of anything new is always the hardest.... you kind of have a learning curve to get the hang of. It might be one of those "time will tell" things.... Whether it will either get better or worse.
Usually, it gets better.... because the more you are around your students the better and more comfortable you will feel. It seems like it might just be a matter of getting past the newness and getting to know them and read them better. (:
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