- Rob FlemmingMinister of Education
- Scott MacDonaldDeputy Minister of Education
New teachers need Professional Orientation to handle their 1st challenge,'How do I begin?'
As soon as they start, new teachers like Shannon face a critical challenge: How do I begin?
Shannon, like many new teachers, found herself in a position for which she had no previous experience, which makes beginning teaching more challenging.
Some teachers find wonderful colleagues who are there to help them, who provide the resources needed, and suggest things to focus upon.
However, many new elementary teachers like Shannon, do not have access to guidance when they are suddenly placed in an assignment on short notice.
Imagine if new teachers were able to attend or watch a Professional Orientation Teaching Guide showing an experienced teacher demonstrate or provide practical suggestions on how to begin their particular teaching assignment:
Areas of focus.
Effective strategies to use to begin.
Where to download practical resources.
With today's technology, experienced teachers can create these teaching guides on video and share their experience online and include downloadable resources and/or a short guidebook. These can be created by a group of interested teachers, locally or provincially.
See this example at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/startupyourclass
The Teaching Guides can equip teachers for a good start to the year, and introduce new teachers to:
- mentoring opportunities from districts and MentoringBC.ca
- other local, district and provincial support and resources.
This will benefit the thousands of new teachers who will be in new positions in September!
Let's get the new Minister and other educational leaders to ensure that accessible resources will be in place for new teachers in time for September.
- Minister of Education
- Deputy Minister of Education
To Minister of Education
Preparation is the Challenge facing many New Teachers!
In September, many new elementary teachers will begin to teach before they have had the chance prepare for their specific assignment. Without preparation for the beginning of the year, many new teachers will run into challenges in the selection, preparation or delivery of their lessons. Their students can become frustrated, and class management can become a problem, and this can lead to a difficult year. Guidance from experienced teachers can make all the difference.
Many new teachers are hired with only a few days notice and have little time to prepare in advance. Yet they need to know the best ways to meet the needs of their class, especially in the critical first weeks when the climate of the class is established.
For example, teaching grade 4 math or grade 7 math requires an understanding of the different ages, topics, and how to teach them and support those who struggle. Elementary teachers also teach other complex areas like reading and writing which take years to master. As elementary teachers are generalists, they cannot prepare for all of the grades and subjects they might teach.
Teaching does not have a formal induction system - the process of preparing teachers for their new role. Most teachers have few opportunities to watch other teachers in action after their university graduation.
In the past there has been no way to get the advice of experienced teachers to new teachers when they need it. But now technology can help. Online teaching guides can be created and viewed on a smart phone. New teachers can preview them or review segments when needed, and access links to people and useful resources. This enables experienced teachers to share the strategies and resources that new teachers need.
A good start can affect teaching for decades because teachers build new ideas upon the ones they already use, a good start can affect their teaching approach for decades. So it is important that they use effective strategies from the beginning. Video teaching guides and resources can help with this and improve the quality of our schools for a generation.
2017 may see the largest number of new teachers hired since the 1970’s. If we act now, there is time to create video guides for September, which will benefit hundreds of teachers and thousands of students.
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