If your school district is anything like my school district, once those teacher assignments come out for the upcoming school year, the feeding frenzy begins and people start interrogating everyone who has a kid older than theirs about teachers.
There are always those teachers that everyone wants to get.
There are the teachers that nobody wants to get.
And then there are the new teachers.
Nobody wants the new teachers.
The new teachers are inexperienced and potentially clueless, and there is no way to find anything out about them from someone who had him or her the year before.
This year Number 6 and Number 7 both have brand new teachers.
Number 6 wakes up every single day, asks how many days there are until school starts, and then cries hysterically because he doesn’t want to go.
I suppose I have some valid reasons to be concerned about him having a new teacher.
Number 7 calls people a PENISDUMMYBUTTHOLEPENISDUMMYBUTTHOLEPENISDUMMYBUTTHOLEPENISDUMMYBUTTHOLE every time she gets pissed, and yesterday she was running around the house in her underpants with a level of rage similar to that of Helen Keller when she completely lost her shit, trying to beat her older brother up with a recorder.
So I suppose I have some valid reasons to be concerned about whether or not a new teacher will be able to handle her, too.
But I’m not concerned.
The fact that I am about to lose my mind and need to get the kids the fuck out of the house immediately and at this point would happily send them to a classroom run by Agatha Trunchbull could have something to do with it.
But that’s not it.
There are plenty of reasons why I’m happy they have new teachers.
New teachers aren’t burnt out. They are enthusiastic and ready to take on the world and make a difference. (They may not be once Number 7 is done with them, but she’s our last one, so that’s not my problem).
Kids love young teachers. They know the latest music and they wear cute clothes and they are way cooler than the older teachers. You know, as far as the kids are concerned.
New teachers have no biases. They don’t know your kids’ siblings. They don’t compare your kids to older brothers and sisters. Your kids are coming to them with a clean slate.
New teachers are usually fairly fresh out of school. They know whatever the latest cool stuff that’s up and coming in education is. And they use it.
New teachers are usually more open to change. They don’t say We’ve never done it that way. They can go with the flow more easily. They are more likely to easily understand and embrace new technology.
Most importantly, all teachers were new once. I was a new teacher once.
And just like our kids, everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves, without bias.
You could look at it like a curse. Like your kid is getting screwed out of a seasoned teacher.
Or you could look at it like a clean slate full of opportunity and the potential for lots of growth.
I know which one I’m gonna go with.