Establishing a culture of teacher support begins and ends with support systems that are designed to promote collaboration and feedback among teachers.
School leaders with a negative orientation toward teacher evaluation typically focus on pointing out the negatives they've observed and issuing mandates for improvement or dismissal. On the other hand school leaders who develop a positive orientation toward using teacher evaluation as a teacher support mechanism are making the strides necessary to meet their student achievement goals and teacher satisfaction goals.
Recently, Louisiana's state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted teacher preparation policies that provide a yearlong residency for all aspiring teachers. These policies will take effect for all preservice teachers in the fall of 2018, but Monroe City Schools is not waiting until then to get involved.
Imagine you learn that a loved one is in dire need of an emergency, life-saving surgery. Think of the flood of emotions, anxiety, and concerns you would immediately feel. Now imagine discovering that the doctor slated to perform the operation was in her first year of practice.
I remember my first year teaching and my first superstar moment in Wal-Mart. Every teacher has this moment. Your superstar moment is when you are walking down an aisle in a grocery store or other location, minding your own business and you hear a giggle in the background or a "that's her".
As educators we are not paid the way professional athletes are but really, do we need to be paid every time we are asked to learn. To grow as an educator, one thing I always encourage professional educators to do is attend professional development opportunities to grow in their craft.
Teaching is an amazing profession that comes with many challenges. Here's 10 tips from a teacher to help you have success early in your career.
A very quick thought for those of you student teaching or substituting or new in a school. Consider doing something nice that will get you noticed as well as be an "act of kindness". A few examples to get you started.
A mentor is a valuable resource in preparing for an interview. Most applicants dread the interview part of the job hunt, but a mentor is a person who can sit down and talk about what the important issues are that a hiring agent will ask about.
As a new teacher, you may feel a lot of pressure coming from all directions to achieve success. That pressure may be intrinsic or extrinsic. Don't be afraid to WALTZ into a great first year.