Why New Teachers Need Mentors. I'm 23, almost fresh out of graduate school when I move to Miami to teach American history at Palmer Trinity, an independent school in Palmetto Bay. I have no friends or family nearby, and I'm completely unfamiliar with my surroundings. I'm also feverishly trying to get a firmer handle on my curriculum, and on making my lessons more relevant and engaging. Today, my success as a teacher -- not to mention the lives of all the students I hope I have inspired and changed in my seven years in the classroom -- is directly related to the caring, high-quality mentorship I received during my first year of teaching.
Without it, I would have become another statistic, quitting after my first few years on the job. The Mentor as Confidant I kept my own experience in mind when reading Mentoring New Teachers by Hal Portner, who argues that trust is crucial to the mentor-mentee relationship. "If you know a person is going to be evaluating you, it really puts a little damper on things," Portner tells me.
Tips for Coaching New Teachers - The Art of Coaching Teachers. I've received a number of emails asking for advice when coaching new teachers--especially during these often challenging fall months. Let's start with considering what new teachers need: They need emotional support, they need some quick wins in the classroom, and they need feedback. The following coaching actions can address these needs.
Listen, Listen, Listen Listen to whatever they have to say. Try to refrain from interrupting with questions of any kind, only give little dollops of advice, and don't share your "war stories" from your first year teaching. Know When to Interrupt While listening is an essential part of coaching, we also want to be mindful of not listening to teachers talk themselves into a rut story and get stuck in their dilemmas. Determine Small Goals Because a new teacher is so overwhelmed with everything, it's essential for a coach to narrow what that teacher focuses on in the first months.
Small goals can yield quick wins. Instructional Pacing: How Do Your Lessons Flow? Pacing a lesson so its nearly seamless takes expertise and practice -- and can be one of the greatest challenges for new teachers. For those more seasoned out there, here's a scenario many of us can relate to from the early days: way too much time for one learning activity, while not enough for another and clunky transitions in between. Also on the teacher plate when it comes to instructional decisions that influence pacing? How best to chunk and scaffold content so it's grade-level appropriate and then deciding on the best instructional mode.
So let's take a look at the essentials when it comes to pacing the lesson and the learning: 1. Create a Sense of Urgency. Using a timer on your desk (or try this one) can help create that "we are on the clock" feeling -- while moving steadily ahead proving ample wait/think time along the way. 2. 3. 4. Photocopying can be the bane of the teacher's day. 5. 6. Pair and share creates energy in the room following direct instruction. 7. Classroom Management: More Than a Bag of Tricks. Published Online: November 28, 2012 First Person By Tracey Garrett Cindy, a well-educated and highly qualified recent graduate pursuing a 4th grade teaching position, has a ready response for the principal's interview question, "How do you plan to manage your classroom? " She confidently replies, "I plan to develop a system where students will earn points for good behavior during the week and receive tickets to enter a raffle for prizes at the end of the week.
" Across the country this spring, thousands of graduates from hundreds of teacher-education programs will enthusiastically prepare for the job search in hopes of landing a teaching position for September in a difficult market. And like Cindy, they'll be asked a question or two about classroom management during their interviews. Many prospective teachers will respond with answers similar to hers, expressing a plan that uses an extrinsic-reward based system. Teacher-Prep Problem Prevention Is Key Web Only Back to Top. Supporting New Teachers to Make Global Connections. This past week, a tremendous opportunity to participate and view presentations from educators around the world happened on the web. The annual presentation is called the Global Education Conference. I'm glad that I took time to check into this webinar, because I connected with an educator who is passionate about supporting teachers in their outreach to create global collaborations.
Her work with educators worldwide helps her connect her students to create fantastic global partnerships. The Global Education Conference reminded me about the importance of supporting new teachers as they seek ways of making the leap beyond the classroom walls in their work with students. Dr. Michele L. New teachers are excited and brimming with ideas to make their classrooms hotbeds of learning, understanding and collaboration. A global collaboration project doesn't just happen overnight. 1. It’s all about developing your PLN -- Personal Learning Network. 2. 3. Listening to Students. Last week, my son's third grade teacher sent home what at first glance looked like a long homework assignment -- three sets of survey questions with many lines for his responses. After reading the directions, we learned that I was to ask him the questions and transcribe his responses.
Each night we settled down for what turned into a thoughtful, reflective conversation about my child: his reading preferences, learning style, interests, likes and dislikes, fears and hopes. I thought I knew my kid, but I was surprised by some of his responses -- "What distracts you more -- sound or movement? " one question asked. "Movement, definitely," my son said. "I can concentrate if there's music on or whispering but if people start walking around and doing stuff then I can't concentrate. " "What's one thing you're afraid of? " This was the best homework assignment my kid has ever received, at least from my perspective (and I've generally been an advocate of abolishing homework. Five Tips to Help You Soar This September. Even though I haven't been a student or a classroom teacher in a long time, the beginning of a new school year still fills my stomach with butterflies.
For me, September still signifies crisply ironed clothes, spotless new shoes, and clean loose-leaf paper in an as-yet-untarnished new binder. As a teacher, the summer vacation gave me the time I needed to recover from the insatiable demands that being alone in a room with 20 or so burgeoning adolescents inevitably placed on me. I spent the last weeks of summer dipping into my own pocket to make sure that my classroom was beautifully appointed with pictures, posters, and various sundry learning tools; and that my bulletin boards stood at the ready -- waiting to showcase the brilliance that was sure to emerge from my students in those early months of the school year.
Over the years, I picked up a few tricks that helped to lay a solid foundation for a successful school year. 1) Introduce Yourself My cousin, Ms. 2) Don't Try to Wing It. Supporting New Teachers:The Good Mentor. James B. Rowley Can you name a person who had a positive and enduring impact on your personal or professional life, someone worthy of being called your mentor? Had he or she been trained to serve in such a role or been formally assigned to help you?
I frequently ask veteran teachers these questions. As you might guess, most teachers with 10 or more years of experience were typically not assigned a mentor, but instead found informal support from a caring colleague. Unfortunately, not all teachers found this support. Much has changed in the past decade, however, because many school districts have established entry-year programs that pair beginning teachers with veteran, mentor teachers. During the past decade, I have helped school districts design mentor-based, entry-year programs. The good mentor is committed to the role of mentoring. What can be done to increase the odds that mentor teachers possess the commitment fundamental to delivering effective support? References James B. Role of the Mentee and Mentor. "It is the third most powerful relationship for influencing human behavior (after the family and couple relationships ) if it is working. " Source: Richard E. Caruso, PhD Role of the Mentee As a mentee, you will play many different roles during the course of your mentoring relationship.
Driver of Relationship Identify the skills, knowledge, and/or goals that you want to achieve and communicate them to your mentor Bring up new topics that are important to you at any point and give feedback to your mentor Development Planner Maintain a mentoring plan and work with your mentor to set up goals, developmental activities, and time frames Resource Partner Work with your mentor to seek resources for learning; identify people and information that might be helpful Teacher Look for opportunities to give back to your mentor; share any information that you think might be valuable Continuous Learner Take full advantage of this opportunity to learn Role of the Mentor Coach/Advisor Source of Encouragement/Support. Mentor_training. Ten Tips for Building Teacher Resiliency. In July, I wrote “Building Resiliency in Struggling Students: 7 Key Ideas from the Research.” The topic of resiliency got a lot of people talking, and I heard from many of you about the challenges you face when trying to reach your students.
In all this talk about resiliency, one important topic sometimes gets left out—teachers. As educators, our mission is to take care of students. Our job is to help ensure their success and see to it that they develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary to lead happy and productive lives. Maintain perspective. How do you take care of yourself so that you can better care for your students? Advice to a new teacher. By Rebecca Mieliwocki, Special to CNN.
Editor’s note: Rebecca Mieliwocki is a seventh grade English teacher in California who was chosen the 2012 National Teacher of the Year. The National Teacher of the Year is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers. You can follow Rebecca on Twitter @MrsMieliwocki. (CNN) - Are you ready to be sneezed on? Cried on? Laughed at? Hugged to death? It’s imperative that you survive your first teaching experience so you can begin to thrive in the classroom. 1. You can always tweak and improve as you go and you’ll find out quickly what you like and don’t like. 2. I once worked with an incredible social studies teacher named Karen whom I observed frequently. 3. 4. 5. Ask kids who are misbehaving what they are doing, what they are supposed to be doing, and what they are going to do now. 6. 7. 8. Don’t become your job. 9. So there you go, Teach. You are going to change these kids’ lives forever for the better. The Secret to Making It a Great School Year.
If I could, I'd lay money on the claim I'm about to make: If you do the one little thing I'm about to suggest, you will have a great school year. Here it is: At the end of every day, identify three things that went well in your classroom. That's part one -- what went well? When did you see indicators that your students were learning? And part two: For each thing that went well, what was your role in it? Let's say, for example, that the thing that went well was that the first day of school was calm and everything went as planned. This exercise can be done mentally, perhaps on the drive home. So what is this habit and why is it important? This habit trains your mind to find the positive in every day and to identify your own agency in creating that positive. As the waves of what's-not-working batter us day after day, our emotional resilience erodes. Teacher Survival Kit for Classroom Management: 10+ Tips & Resources.
Posted by Shelly Terrell on Friday, August 10th 2012 “We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.” ~ Anonymous The first day with a new class often dictates what the rest of the year will be like. If we start the learning journey well with our learners then we can look forward to what the year ahead will bring. However, we must show our learners how to act in order to have a successful journey. How our learners approach that journey- their attitudes and behaviors- will determine if they end the journey better individuals than they were before they entered our classrooms. Tips and Resources The following are a few ideas and resources from the Slideshare presentation to help you better manage your classroom: Go in with a positive attitude!
Your mood impacts your students. Change your environment! Prepare your classroom to meet the learning needs of your students. Keep students on task and accountable! Create leaders for each station who make sure to keep the area clean. Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year. This year I had the opportunity to work with many educators in national and global workshops. On two of these occasions, I asked the teachers to share their wisdom by answering the question, "What I know now that I wish I had known as a first year teacher is . . . " A recurring theme among their answers was the awareness of -- and responsiveness to -- the needs and interests their students.
Answers like this demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness among experienced educators -- way beyond the pedagogy they were taught. Below are some of the responses I got from experienced teachers when they were asked what they wished they’d known as first-year teachers. In the Classroom 1) State Clear Expectations for Classroom Behavior Anne Manalo-Hussein, an experienced teacher from Macon County Elementary School, Macon County, Georgia, offers this advice: When I was a new teacher, I didn't know how important it was to go over good rules and procedures at the beginning of the school year.
Your Turn. 15 Conflict Resolution Tricks Every Educator Should Know. Teachers wear many hats: counselor, coach, referee, probation officer. With the pent-up energy and (later on) the raging hormones wreaking havoc on students’ sanity, conflict is bound to occur in classrooms and on school playgrounds, meaning teachers have to be ready to put on their “mediator” hat at a moment’s notice. If you’re a young educator and want to have some conflict resolution tricks up your sleeve before you’re thrown into the ring, or you’re an experienced educator looking for some new ideas, we’ve lined up 15 techniques to help you win the fight. Like your students: Isn’t it true that we treat people we like differently than people we can’t stand?
We’re probably more patient, more understanding, and slower to become angry with them. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking students shouldn’t have conflicts at all, so they don’t deserve praise when they solve conflicts. Who Makes the Rules in a Classroom? Seven Ideas About Rule-making - Teacher in a Strange Land. Mentor Teacher Guidelines | UNT College of Education. Five Quick Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers. Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators. New Teacher Orientation – ideas and questions. First Year Highlights: All Of Them In One Place! - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. Training gives new teachers the 'tools' for success. You’ll Never Get There Without Questions. Guidance from the Get-Go: Mentoring New Teachers.