Preparing New Teachers for a New School Year
I love working with young teachers along with
others who are new to their schools each fall. And as new teachers enter
schools for their first time this year, it’s a critical moment to set the right
tone and support professional growth while establishing a clear path for their
To be an effective teacher today, it requires far more curricula information and resources, pedagogical expertise, as well as a greater ability to problem solve than ever before. And to master all these skills, teachers have to remain open to learning from continual feedback and studying the effective practices of others—particularly master teachers who have refined their pedagogy through years of experience and learning from countless mistakes.
At schools that prioritize reflection, communication, frequent classroom observations, regular team meetings, teaching collaborations within and across disciplines, and peer-to-peer support, teachers are able to make strides in all of the ways that serve their students best. And this, in turn, has the greatest likelihood to heighten students’ engagement and agency as learners.
master teachers will tell you there are always ways to improve a lesson and
help students learn more effectively. And younger, less experienced teachers
have even more room to grow. Given their immediate impact as well as the
hundreds or even thousands of students that teachers may have over the course
of their careers,
there’s probably no better investment schools can make than empowering teachers
to be the best professionals they can be in their classrooms from day one.
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