The Needs of Novice Teachers

EXAMPLE – One District’s Mentor Guidelines on the Needs of New Teacher

NEW EDUCATORS NEED ASSISTANCE WITH:

1. ORIENTATION TO THE GRADE OR DEPARTMENT, SCHOOL, DISTRICT, & THE COMMUNITY

2. ORIENTATION & HELP IN ADJUSTMENT TO THE ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
OF A PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR

3. ACCESSING THE NECESSARY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

4. PLANNING AND CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION

5. CREATING ACTIVITIES WHICH ENGAGE STUDENT INTEREST & MOTIVATE EFFORT & LEARNING

6. ADAPTING PLANS & STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS INDIVIDUAL STUDENT NEEDS,
INTERESTS & ABILITIES

7. MANAGING THE CLASSROOM AND STUDENT BEHAVIOR

8. ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING & EVALUATING INSTRUCTION SO BOTH ARE CONTINUALLY IMPROVING

9. INCORPORATING EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH & THEORY WITH REFLECTION ON EXPERIENCE TO DEVELOP AND USE A KNOWLEDGE BASE OF EFFECTIVE TEACHING PRACTICES & INSTRUCTIONAL OPTIONS

10. MANAGING NON-TEACHING PROFESSIONAL TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES,
INCLUDING COMMUNICATION WITH COLLEAGUES, ADMINISTRATORS, AND PARENTS

11. EMOTIONAL SUPPORT & ENCOURAGEMENT, ASSISTANCE WITH TASKS &
MODELING OF QUALITY PRACTICES