For many new teachers, many aspects of teaching are terrifying, and it is often only after considerable experience that some of those fears begin to subside. By addressing and working to mitigate these fears, we are able to create a more positive and welcoming environment for teachers and students alike. This presentation discusses recent research on the fears and needs most frequently reported by new teachers as well as best practices in mentoring for new teachers. Participants will be encouraged to consider how they can establish or improve new teacher mentoring at their own schools or programs.
Angel Steadman is the Teacher Training Coordinator at the Center for English as a Second Language with the University of Arizona, USA. She has taught writing and ESL in a variety of nonprofit organizations and educational settings, and she currently oversees ESL/EFL teacher training courses in the US as well as parts of Asia and Latin America. She has published on topics including using video for English teaching and strategies for teaching students to use strong verbs in writing.
Jeremy Lee is the Student Activities Coordinator at the Center for English as a Second Language with the University of Arizona, USA, where he teaches in both the intensive English and teacher training programs. He has taught EFL in Japan and has trained teachers in Mexico and China. His interests include teacher training and strategies for encouraging language learning through extracurricular activities.