Support for beginning teachers
Episode Summary: Important information about the special challenges and needs of people entering the teaching profession, whether coming in straight out of college, starting as a second career, or returning after an absence. Dr. McGuire discusses some of the obstacles beginning teachers often encounter with Dr. Bluestein, as well as their need for support, and various ways new teachers can connect with the resources they need, whether in person or online. Dr. McGuire also offers some valuable tips that all teachers can use to connect with and engage students. Right-click on this link to download a copy of this mp3 file to your hard drive, or click on the bar below to listen.
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Dr. J. Victor McGuire
Dr. J. Victor McGuire is a 30-plus-years veteran in the education field with experience at both the middle and high school and university levels. Victor is a popular keynote speaker and presenter at national school conferences and has authored and published numerous books on education. He is also the author of the most recent book, Conversations About Being a Teacher. His seminars are packed with realistic classroom-proven solutions to meet the challenges of today’s teachers. Victor has also designed Teachers on Tour, the first mobile professional development program aimed to empower K-12 teachers to extend and share their knowledge in the areas of student engagement strategies.
This program was recorded on August 14, 2012. The content is also available on the Energize Students website.
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Becoming a Win-Win Teacher: A Guide for First-Year Teachers by Dr. Jane Bluestein. Identifies specific challenges beginning teachers often encounter (why we leave) as well as the reasons we stay. Includes information on building your support team, finding a mentor, engaging students, managing behavior, creating a classroom community, and growing your career.
Being a Successful Teacher by Dr. Jane Bluestein. Originally written as The Beginning Teacher’s Resource Handbook. Includes practical tips for planning and pacing, data collection, behavior management, working with parents, and specifics such as homework and planning for field trips or guest speakers.
“Great Expectations: Good News for Beginning Teachers.” Article by Dr. Jane Bluestein.
Back-to-School Guide for Beginning Teachers (and Not-So-New Teachers, Too) From the EducationWorld website, tips on lesson planning, assessment, activities, behavior management, and more.
New Teacher “theme page” on the EducationWorld website, with links to articles relevant to beginning teachers.
Teaching Heart website for student teachers and first-year teachers.
“Phases of First-Year Teaching,” article from the Wisconsin Education Association Council.
Articles, excerpts, and handouts by Dr. Jane Bluestein on topics related to discipline, behavior management, emotionally safe schools, homework, learning and teaching, professional development, social and emotional development, and self-care and inspiration: teaching, culture and community, and student behavior.
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