New teachers respond to Arne Duncan

February 27th, 2013 by Brian Leave a reply »

Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked teachers on Twitter about what was the biggest challenge the first year of teaching. Click here for some of the responses. I see two trends in the responses:

  1. A need for a mentor
  2. Training that no college is giving (or at least can within the current model)

The first year is full of surprises. What’s interesting is that most of those surprises are common among teachers from across the United States. If that’s the trend, then why do most first year teachers feel at one time or another that their struggles are an isolated exception? Why do new teachers feel that they are on their own? These are the questions to be asked by those that want to strengthen the teaching profession.

Thanks, Cheryl Redfield, for the link.


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