A Sense of Belonging: Sustaining and Retaining New Teachers

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2009 - Education - 148 pages
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Too often, new teachers enter the profession excited to make a difference in the lives of children only to find themselves disillusioned and overwhelmed with the expectations of the classroom. In A Sense of Belonging, Jennifer Allen shares her stories and journey in creating an infrastructure of support for new teachers within her school district. A Sense of Belonging provides practical ideas on how to support new teachers while honoring the enthusiasm that they bring to the classroom.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Relationships
9
2 Observing the Coach
18
3 Administering and Analyzing Assessments
33
Establishing Structures
48
5 Meeting as a Group
64
6 Peer Observations
78
7 Using Student Work to Guide Instruction
92
8 Curriculum Planning
105
Where New and Veteran Teachers Learn Together
118
I Believe
130
Appendix
133
Bibliography
143
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About the author (2009)

Jennifer Allen is a freelance journalist and the author of the story collection Better Get Your Angel On. She has contributed pieces to numerous magazines including Rolling Stone, Mirabella, and The New Republic. Allen lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the author Mark Richard, and their son, Roman.

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