A teacher's first year on the job is often difficult. The steep learning curve is hard not only on students, but also on the teachers themselves:
The steep learning curve is hard not only on students, but also on the teachers themselves: Surveys and case studies offer compelling insights into the areas in which new teachers commonly struggle.
By effectively addressing these areas, schools can help new teachers improve their skills more quickly, thereby keeping them in the profession and raising student achievement.
Struggling with Classroom Management The biggest challenge that surfaces for new teachers is classroom management. A Public Agenda survey found that 85 percent of teachers believed "new teachers are particularly unprepared for dealing with behavior problems in their classrooms" p.
When interviewed, many beginning teachers say their preservice programs did little to prepare them for the realities of classrooms, including dealing with unruly students. New teachers universally report feeling particularly overwhelmed by the most difficult students.
Burdened by Curricular Freedom Another concern that new teachers commonly raise is a lack of guidance and resources for lesson and unit planning.
In a recent survey of more than 8, Teach for America teachers nationwide, 41 percent said their schools or districts provided them with few or no instructional resources, such as lesson plans.
When classroom materials were provided, they were seldom useful; just 15 percent of the respondents reported that materials were of sufficient quality for them to freely use Mathews, Although such curricular freedom may be welcomed by veteran teachers, it appears to be a burden for new teachers, who have not yet developed a robust repertoire of lesson ideas or knowledge of what will work in their classrooms Fry, Case studies have observed novice teachers struggling "just trying to come up with enough curriculum" and spending 10 to 12 hours a day juggling lesson planning; grading: Rather than letting new teachers sink or swim with lesson planning, they provide binders full of model lesson plans and teaching resources developed by veteran teachers Chenoweth, New teachers often report difficult interactions with colleagues, ranging from "benign neglect" of administrators Fry,p.
Another teacher reported that a veteran member of her department came into her classes, propped his feet up on her desk, and disrupted her teaching by throwing out historical facts. Regrettably, teacher mentors, ostensibly assigned to provide this support, were sometimes part of the problem, dispensing little guidance, if not bad advice Fry, How Schools Can Scaffold Success New teachers bring energy and enthusiasm to their classrooms, but also a specific set of needs.
Whereas experienced teachers might bristle at receiving classroom management tips, model lesson plans, and constructive feedback on instruction, new teachers appear to long for such supports.
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