The end of 'sink or swim'? Four ways district leaders can help first-year teachers overcome common struggles
from The Hechinger Report
Even the best prepared, most promising first-year teachers face a harsh transition from completing credential programs to becoming solely responsible for an entire class of students for the first time. During their first few days in the classroom, they are bombarded with a variety of situations they had not anticipated, and are often caught off guard by the realities of teaching. When new teachers aren't supported to rapidly develop skills and address the realities of the classroom, it's their students who pay the price. To help teachers overcome these struggles — particularly the top challenges that every new teacher faces — it is essential that district leaders put a comprehensive induction program and ongoing support system in place.
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