During this Christmas time, you are probably already thinking ahead planning your first lesson plan of your first unit. With first year planning, comes also taking stock of accessible resources including writing various types of worksheets.
For the new teacher, this may seem a daunting task. Building an extensive resource of worksheets takes a long time. You, like any new teacher, are probably overwhelmed yet curious as to how to begin this process. Of course you’ll have to try and survive like any other teacher, but the good news is you don’t have to make up and recreate every single worksheet for your students.
The ideal situation is to pool all available teacher resources on staff and in your learning resource centers. If you find yourself stuck, go the files on hand at your school, and look through for ideas generic enough to help get you started. This could mean taking the ideas of one of the many free worksheets from this site and adapting them to meet the needs of your student.
Part of the learning process for a new teacher involves experimenting with utilizing free worksheets, whether it be from the Internet or from your staff. You will never know in advance whether the teacher ideas from the classroom worksheets will work well with your students. It is almost a random ‘hit or miss’ situation. However, in order to maximize your points for success, try to aim for:
- Following your intuition. What was successful about the worksheet? What wasn’t?
- Is the teacher idea doable? Can the students actually perform the task on hand?
If the answers to these questions are ‘no,’ you’ll need to do some major revamping on those free worksheets, which will inevitably benefit your students in the long run. Plus, you’ll be teaching yourself new skills that are important for new teacher independence.