What are some professional journals or sources that i can access information regarding the challenges of a first grade teacher?
I am trying to access reliable, valid, and current resources for the teaching profession, specifically first grade.
I would actually check out some teacher blogs and other teacher generated information before going to professional journals. There is much to be gained from classroom blogs and also personal blogs that serve as reflection about the teaching and learning process in first grade. I think that reading these tales from the front can be more helpful than so- called professional journals for a variety of reasons. The most foundational would be that it is an authentic voice of experience. In teaching, the educational journals are a part of the learning process, but they cannot substitute for the petri dish of the classroom and all the variables that go with it. Additionally, I think that there is something powerful in viewing teachers as not only educators, but actually as teacher- practitioners. These professionals live at the hyphen and conceive their classroom as constant arenas where theory meets practice and where individuals can help to view their own practice as valid research.
I agree with akannan's post. The best resource to discuss challenges are talking to those who have lived it. I have taught first grade (or second) for 7 years and each year presents it's own set of challenges. My first year was a split classroom, 1st and 2nd together, teaching two separate curriculums all day long. After that year I thought, "I'll have it made, it can't get any harder than that!" Boy, was I wrong. I tried looking up various resources to help with these challenges, but everytime I tried one of the techniques out, it would fail miserably and leave me even more frustrated. Once I had enough courage to admit I needed help and asked my collegues of 20+ years for what works for them, it was awesome! Having someone to discuss the same challenges with is also a wonderful benefit.