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December 18, 2012

From Struggling Teacher to Star Teacher

David Ginsburg shares his process for helping struggling teachers become star teachers.

August 26, 2011

New Teacher Disillusionment: Inevitable or Preventable?

In the next week or so, like every year at this time, thousands of new teachers will sprint into schools, ready--or so they think--to change the world by teaching and inspiring kids to do great things. Thousands of veteran teachers, meanwhile, will saunter into those same schools, glancing at thei...

August 20, 2011

The First-Year Teaching Roller Coaster

At an orientation before my first year of teaching, one of the speakers referred to an article titled, Phases of First-Year Teaching, in which Ellen Moir identifies several phases first-year teachers typically go through. And, according to Moir, they go through them in the same order at roughly the ...

August 06, 2011

Mentors: The One You're Assigned and the Ones You Find

The transition to any new job can be tough, but especially a job as isolating as teaching can be. That's why it's great when schools assign veteran teachers to serve as mentors for new teachers. It's also great that so many veteran teachers are willing to be mentors--often with little or no addition...

July 23, 2011

Balance Beats Burnout

It might be a stretch to say I was sick more than I wasn't as a first-year teacher, but it sure seemed that way at the time. Colds. Flu. Bronchitis. If there was a bug going around, I was sure to catch it. And between those physical ailments and the mental and emotional tolls of first-year teaching,...



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