It's The Little Things That Count For Beginning Teachers
A Mentor/Facilitator Guide to:
Provide a practical growth process for new and aspiring teachers
- Promote a user-friendly structured format for
Encourage facilitated collegial discussion
- Develop a documented
portfolio of experiences
Focus on professional habits that lead to student
"It's The 'Little Things' That Count" is a tool for the
local professional development of beginning teachers. New
teachers are like young trees; their growth will depend on
proper nurturing and pruning. This structured resource provides
the beginning teacher with a classroom embedded process for
Facilitators, mentors, principals and others responsible for
supporting beginning teachers in their districts have few
precious moments in the day to plan for the structured growth of
This unique and simplified format, with stimulating and
practical topics, provides an organized approach to the growth
of new teachers and a documented record of their progress.
Based upon collegial interaction, beginning teachers will become
the CEO of their early teaching career
progress. Documented activities taking them from KEY
WORDS to CONCEPTS to ACTIONS
to REFLECTIONS will manage the
GROWTH and PORTFOLIO accumulation of their experiences.
Four basic meetings, approximately one hour in length, are
pre-planned and include handouts to learn the process. Once the
process has been experienced, any topic of local interest can be
used for subsequent application.
are we offering this beginning teacher support tool?
the education community is well aware that there is a significant issue
with retaining the best and the brightest new teachers. Structured local
support is a challenging issue in any effort to assist with the
continued advancement of young teachers and their skills.
We concur with many others that structured classroom-embedded staff
development, facilitated via reflection and collegial discussion, offers
great hope for progress. Additionally, the topics included in this
resource, often absent from pre-service training, provide a basis of
action and experience. Virtually, all of the vignettes offered focus,
specifically, on actions important to the success of students and staff.
In an effort to provide meaningful resources to the 'learning community'
approach, we have created a tool to assist local leadership with their
time and resource challenges. This, relatively inexpensive, resource is
designed to relieve mentors/principals of burdensome planning time for
appropriate and practical experiences addressing beginning teacher
Beginning Teachers Will:
- Enhance their
formal professional credentials
student success in all that they do
classroom based experiences for reflection
- Create a tool
for communication of their growth
confidence in their teaching successes
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