So, what do all new teachers need to be successful? What do they deserve? What slack can we cut them so that they can better function in a new role, in a new endeavor, in a school that is new to them, working every day with other peoples’ children?
Let’s say that we’ve been able to recruit some of the best and brightest newly-minted teachers, fresh from undergraduate programs in respected colleges of education. Now, what should we do to retain said teachers? How can we design an induction program (a.k.a. mentoring) that both benefits the new teachers and enhances the educational program that they can provide for their students during years 1-2-3? How can we smooth their pathway into the profession? How can we enmesh them in the culture of the district and of the schools in which they teach? How can we make this work out for everyone?
Talk to a new teacher, or use your imagination, or heck, try really, really hard to remember what your first few years were like. I have some ideas–what do you think?