5 Common Mistakes New Grads Make (and How to Avoid Them) 

We know that being a new teacher can be both thrilling and overwhelming at the same time. But fear not because we’re here to help you navigate this tricky time in your early teaching career and avoid the common mistakes new grads make in the beginning. 


In this blog post, we will shed light on five common mistakes that new teachers often make (we’ve all been there!) and provide you with practical tips on how to avoid them. 


So, let’s jump right in and set you up for success!


Mistake #1: Lone Ranger Syndrome

You might feel like the Lone Ranger, riding solo on the teaching frontier. But guess what? You’re not alone. Reach out and connect with other new teachers in your school or join online communities where you can find support, guidance, and a shoulder to lean on. Sharing experiences and resources with fellow educators can be incredibly valuable.


Sharing experiences, seeking advice, and collaborating with fellow teachers can provide valuable insights and support to help you grow as an educator.


Psst: we have a Facebook group, especially for new teachers. Join us here. 


Mistake #2: Overplanning

It’s natural for new teachers to want to do ‘All the Things’. But here’s the thing: less is often more. Trying to fit too much into one lesson, unit, or term can lead to rushed teaching, overwhelmed students, and frazzled nerves (yours included). 


Instead, focus on the essentials. Clear your objectives, engage your students with interactive activities, and allow meaningful discussions. Remember, quality over quantity!

Greenery-teacher-plannerClick here to view this planner.

Mistake #3: Neglecting Self-Care

Raise your hand if you’ve found yourself working late into the night, grading papers or planning lessons with tired eyes and a bottomless coffee cup. 


It’s easy for new teachers to fall into the trap of neglecting self-care. But here’s the truth: Taking care of yourself is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. 


Make time for activities that recharge your batteries, whether going for a walk, reading a book, or enjoying a hobby. Set boundaries between work and personal life, and don’t be afraid to ask for help or delegate tasks. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.



Mistake #4: Seeking Perfection

We get it—you want to be the perfect teacher with flawless lessons, impeccable classroom management, and a Pinterest-worthy classroom. But chasing perfection is a never-ending pursuit that can overwhelm and drain you. 


Embrace the fact that teaching is a journey of growth. It’s okay to make mistakes, try new strategies, and learn from your experiences. Remember, imperfections make you relatable and human.


Finally, perfection is a unicorn. Nothing is perfect (even if it looks that way). 


Mistake #5: Neglecting Connections

Teaching is not just about delivering content; it’s about building connections with your students. 


One common mistake new teachers make is solely focusing on the academic side of things and forgetting about their students’ emotional and social well-being. Take the time to get to know your students, show genuine interest in their lives, and create a classroom environment where they feel safe to express themselves. 


Remember, students thrive when they feel seen, heard, and valued.


Mistake #6: The Comparison Trap

Ah, the infamous comparison trap—it loves to rear its head in various forms. As a new teacher, you might find yourself comparing your progress to veteran teachers or even your peers. 


But remember, your teaching journey is unique. Instead of comparing, focus on your personal growth and development. Celebrate small wins, reflect on your successes, and keep pushing forward. You’ve got this!




So, new teachers, let’s learn from these common mistakes and set ourselves up for a successful and fulfilling teaching journey. Embrace a balanced approach, prioritise self-care, and remember that teaching is a lifelong process of learning and growth!

Before you go… if you are a new teacher, you NEED THIS FREEBIE in you life!

It is full of checklists, helpful tips and even an activity for your students.

Surviving-your-first-year-freebieGrab your copy here. 



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