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Portrait of a New Teacher (but others are invited to read too)
posted by: Megan | December 22, 2010, 05:36 PM   
  • Anticipation
  • Survival
  • Disillusionment
  • Rejuvenation
  • Reflection
  • Anticipation
A: These are the attitudinal phases of teaching most often found during the first year of teaching.

For me, this explanation and graphic shed quite a bit of light on the teaching profession. I can honestly say that I referred back to this many times while wading my way through year one and two. It was extremely helpful for a few reasons:

  1. It sustained me knowing that I was not alone. Other teachers felt the same.
  2. It helped me to identify and label feelings and the attitudes which resulted from those feelings.
  3. I knew that things would get better—at least I was told that things would improve. And I had to hope for something.
  4. I was told that once I made it through the first year, effective preparation could help ease the discouragement of survival and disillusionment. (Here was something else in which I had to have some hope.)

May it be a helpful little piece to reflect upon during this Winter Break/ Christmas Vacation for both new and seasoned teachers. Here is a link to a more detailed articleabout the phases of teaching.

Many thanks to Dr. Ellen Moir, director of the New Teacher Center at the University of Santa Cruz who first wrote about the phases of teacher development. It's used widely around the nation now, and I think rightfully so.

Lastly, many well-deserved thanks to the day-in and day-out teachers who are working hard to educate our students. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Originally posted by Jill on AAE's website.

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