How do you get a new teacher to shine? The importance of quality preparation and mentoring programs.
With new teachers quitting the profession only after a few short years, employers are looking at ways of increasing first time teacher success. The goal of this research is to see what strategies are being used to increase the possibility that newly hired teachers will have positive and successful first years of teaching.
Why are new teachers leaving? <ul><ul><ul><li>Low Salaries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul>Poor Student Discipline </ul><ul>Lack of classroom resources </ul><ul>Overwhelming work load </ul><ul>Lack of teacher development training </ul>
<ul>If we can't keep teachers based on salaries... </ul><ul><li>Provide classroom and training resources
Guide and Train teachers on planning, time management, and classroom management. </li></ul><ul>“ Public schools have to compete with commercial industry for the best and brightest workers, and commercial industries offer levels of compensation and benefits that employment in public education does not match” (ncae.org) </ul>
What is currently being tried to stop the losses of new young teachers? “ The findings […] jibe well with earlier estimates that as many as 30 percent of new teachers quit within their first five years...” (Archer, 1999)
Teacher Preparation Programs Mentoring Programs New Teacher
It starts with a solid foundation. <ul>State Certified Licensing </ul><ul>Summer Orientation </ul><ul>New Teacher Development Training </ul><ul>“ To stem the tide of young teachers leaving the system, we must focus on helping new teachers develop necessary skills early and well.” (ncae.org) </ul>
On the job... Induction Process Student -> Professional <ul><li>Suggested 3 years with a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated time with a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>A reflection tool </li></ul><ul><li>Observe master teachers (including mentor) </li></ul><ul><li>Identify needs and develop strategies </li></ul>
Teacher Preparation Programs Mentoring Programs New Teacher Teacher Satisfied With Career Successful Students Retainment of Quality Teachers
Benefits from Quality Preparation and Mentoring “ Each new teacher they can hold on to, they say, is one less that must be hired later.” (Archer, 1999) <ul><li>Possibility of fewer complaints to administration from frustrated, worried or struggling teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Increased student learning -> Higher test scores -> Better standing and possibly more funding </li></ul><ul><li>Retaining quality teachers could reduce the number of emergency certified or under-qualified teachers in classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers that have more confidence in their abilities to plan, teach, and discipline. </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul>Some states are starting to report improvement when implementing these techniques. If further study was done on the effectiveness of these techniques, especially statistically, the popularity of these techniques could be increase and the level of teacher preparedness would be increased to the betterment of our nation's education. </ul>
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