Finding Your Place in the School Community


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Dr. TJ Lee of the NYC DOE shared concrete ideas on the challenges new teachers face in her presentation: Finding Your Place in the School Commuity.

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Finding Your Place in the School Community

  1. 1. Finding Your Place <ul><li>Becoming a Member of the School Community </li></ul><ul><li>February 11, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>NYU/ DCLT </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Tzong-Jin Lee </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  2. 2. TJ’s Biggest Challenge? <ul><li>When I was a new teacher- My biggest challenge was: </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the working paper/Greencard </li></ul>
  3. 3. International Teacher Support Unit (NYC DOE) Ameduri Lucille –Director [email_address] (718) 935-2485 
  4. 4. Activity: <ul><li>Work in a group of five- </li></ul><ul><li>Please share your challenges as a new teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Please write down the biggest challenge for your group on the chart paper. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Gallery Walk
  6. 6. New Teacher Go Through Five Distinct Phases: New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, California <ul><li>Anticipation- July, August </li></ul><ul><li>Survival- September </li></ul><ul><li>Disillusionment – October, November, December </li></ul><ul><li>Rejuvenation- January, February, March </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection- April, May, June </li></ul>
  7. 7. Anticipation- July, August <ul><li>Hold on to your vision of what you expect teaching to be. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin building connections with positive teachers at your location, at other schools, or online </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a journal so that you can get into the habit of looking for the best in each day right from the start. </li></ul><ul><li>Start a notebook of &quot;Ideas for Next Year.&quot; </li></ul>
  8. 8. Survival - September <ul><li>Maintain your momentum by reflecting on what is going well. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to other teachers about specific ideas for lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>Forge a solid connection with at least one teaching peer if you haven't already done so. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Disillusionment – October, November, December <ul><li>Be persistent! Getting through this phase will be one of the greatest challenges you face as a new teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to friends and family who may be feeling neglected. </li></ul><ul><li>Reach out to your peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for help or even just a shoulder to lean on. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit other classrooms. New teachers who have a solid support network make it. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep journaling! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rejuvenation - January, February, March <ul><li>Focus on curriculum development and teaching strategies. </li></ul><ul><li>Try something new with your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your professional circle of peers to include new and experienced teachers from other schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Go back and examine your vision of successful teaching. Bump up your action plan a notch. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Reflection - April, May, June <ul><li>Refer to your vision of the successful new teacher as you begin to think ahead. </li></ul><ul><li>Actively seek out partnerships with other teachers as you begin to envision the possibilities that the next year holds. </li></ul><ul><li>Go through your &quot;Ideas for Next Year&quot; notebook and pull out the best ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Have a special celebration with your students — you will never forget your first class. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Activity <ul><li>Please discuss the question and write down your group’s suggestion/solution. </li></ul>
  13. 13. From Ms. Song- A First Year Teacher <ul><li>Good breakfast! </li></ul><ul><li>Know the curriculum! </li></ul><ul><li>Good preparation- Lesson Plan A Must. </li></ul><ul><li>Good relationship with your supervisor. </li></ul><ul><li>Good relationship with your student. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your school culture (Make sure you observe/learn from other teachers) </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the technology works before class. </li></ul><ul><li>Know the school goals and objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Be a team player!!! </li></ul>
  14. 14. From Ms. Wang- 2 nd year teacher <ul><li>Be well organized  (Very important especially if you have lots of preps)! </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident! </li></ul><ul><li>Have a structure of each of your lesson. </li></ul><ul><li>Have the unit goal in mind, and then plan your lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>Share your problems with colleagues, they will often give you very useful feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Join school events so you get to know the community better </li></ul><ul><li>Be proactive in contacting parents </li></ul><ul><li>Be firm on homework/bathroom/quiz policies. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students' age in mind and design age appropriate activities </li></ul>
  15. 15. How do you work within the school hierarchy? <ul><li>Who are your supervisors? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the expectations from your supervisors? </li></ul>
  16. 16. How do we work and collaborate with colleagues? <ul><li>Be Nice to everyone! </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to be congenial, but be collegial!! </li></ul>
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