A Better Beginning: Supporting and Mentoring New Teachers

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Marge Scherer
ASCD, 1999 - Education - 244 pages
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This book lays out the fundamentals for helping new teachers succeed in the schools of the next century. Each part features a collection of chapters from educational leaders. An introductory part presents, "A New Teacher's World: Not Your Grandmother's Classroom" (Marge Scherer). Part 1, "What Do New Teachers Need?" includes: "Beyond Support: Taking New Teachers Seriously as Learners" (Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Cynthia Carver, Sharon Schwille, and Brian Yusko); "Easing the Way for New Teachers" (Joan Montgomery Halford); and "The Stages of a Teacher's First Year" (Ellen Moir). Part 2, "Creating an Induction Program," includes "Induction: The First Five Days" (Sandra Martin and Kathryn Robbins); "First Things First: How To Set Up an Induction Program" (Annette Breaux); "The Elements of a Supportive Induction Program" (Aileen Heidkamp and Janet Shapiro); and "Creating Conditions for Teacher Success" (Barb Knudsen and Sue Zapf). Part 3, "Making Mentoring Meaningful," includes: "Mentors Matter" (Mary Brooks); "Mentoring the Mentors" (Anne Coppenhaver and Laurel Schaper); "Baltimore Takes Mentoring to the Next Level" (Tom Ganser, Mary Jacqe Marchione, and Arlene K. Fleischmann); "'I am SO Excited!' Mentoring the Student Teacher" (Anna K. Schriever); "How to Help a New Teacher by Being a Buddy" (Annette Ehrlich Lakein); and "Get on the Team: An Alternative Mentoring Model" (Randall L. Turk). Part 4, "Planning Comprehensive Teacher Support," includes "Combining Mentoring and Assessment in California" (Bob Schultz); "A Support Program with Heart: The Santa Cruz Project" (Ellen Moir, Janet Gless, and Wendy Baron); "How Can New Teachers Become the BEST?" (Ann L. Wood); "Developing a Common Language and Spirit" (John G. Conyers, Bob Ewy, and Linda Vass); and "Every Classroom, Every Day: A Professional Development Plan" (Barbara Moore). Part 5, "Improving Instruction and Communication," includes: "Encouraging Innovation in an Age of Reform" (Jeffrey Frykholm and Margaret R. Meyer); "Linguistic Coaching: Helping Beginning Teachers Defeat Discouragement" (Paul Caccia); "The Videoconference Connection" (Ted Scott Henson and Key Slattery Shapiro); "Resurrecting Hope: Knowing the Facts, Imagining the Future" (Anna Ershler Richert); and "Preparing to Teach in Holistic Classrooms" (Kristin Guest and Jeffrey Anderson). Section 6, "Listening to Teachers," includes:"Keeping Good Teachers: Lessons from Novices" (Catherine M. Brighton); "What Teachers Like (and Don't Like) about Mandated Induction Programs" (Rob Danin and Margaret A. Bacon); "The Best Lessons: Learning To Teach in a Supportive Context" (Debra M. Sullivan); "Helping New Teachers Keep the Light in Their Eyes" (Beth Hurst and Ginny Reding); and "Ask Not What Your School Can Do for You, but What You Can Do for You" (Lisa Renard). (SM)
 

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Contents

Taking New Teachers Seriously As Learners
3
Easing the Way for New Teachers
13
The Stages of a Teachers First Year
19
CREATING AN INDUCTION PROGRAM
25
How to Set Up an Induction Program
34
The Elements of a Supportive Induction Program
40
Creating Conditions for Teacher Success
47
Mentors Matter
53
Developing a Common Language and Spirit
124
A Professional Development Plan
133
IMPROVING INSTRUCTION AND COMMUNICATION
143
Helping Beginning Teachers
157
The Videoconference Connection
169
Knowing the Facts Imagining the Future
176
Preparing to Teach in Holistic Classrooms
187
Lessons from Novices
197

Mentoring the Mentors
60
Baltimore Takes Mentoring to the Next Level
69
I Am SO Excited Mentoring the Student Teacher
77
How to Help a New Teacher by Being a Buddy
85
PLANNING COMPREHENSIVE TEACHER SUPPORT
97
The Santa Cruz Project
106
How Can New Teachers Become the BEST?
116
Learning to Teach in a Supportive Context
210
Helping New Teachers Keep the Light in Their Eyes
217
Ask Not What Your School Can Do for You
225
Index
233
About the Editor
244
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