The First Year Freak-Out!


Now that you’ve given yourself permission to be human and let go of the challenges surrounding perfection in learning and teaching Shurley English, let me speak to you first-year Shurley users and teachers that are just simply struggling teaching the curriculum.   

Here are my Top 10 Tips to surviving the FIRST YEAR FREAK-OUT:

1.     Become pals with a veteran Shurley teacher, if possible.  (If not, see #2)

2.    Keep the Teacher’s Manual by your side or in your hands…and follow it page by page.

3.    Preview each lesson before you teach it. (That doesn’t mean memorize it.)

4.    STICK to the SCRIPT; AVOID ADDING “EXTRAS” to the lesson.

5.    Get to know to view demos, tutorials, our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

6.    Establish & utilize strong, effective classroom & time management guidelines and strategies.

7.    Teach Shurley English as though you’ve been teaching it for years.

 “Fake it till you make it!”  Your confidence will increase with experience.

8.    Allow yourself to learn alongside your students; they will start to see you as a human being, like them.

9.    Accept that YOU WILL MAKE MISTAKES in front of your students.

(If this one is hard to swallow, please reread #8.)

10.    HAVE FUN!

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Kimberly Crady

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.


Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.