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The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher: A Mentoring Guide for Novice Teachers / Edition 2

The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher: A Mentoring Guide for Novice Teachers / Edition 2

by Carol Pelletier Radford
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ISBN-13: 9781506345062
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/29/2016
Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 223,432
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carol Pelletier Radford is the Founder and CEO of This team is a group of dedicated teacher leaders who offer expertise and resources in the spirit of paying it forward to support the success of students. The mission of Mentoring in Action is to empower mentors and novice teachers in realizing their full potential as effective teachers and emerging leaders.

Carol received her EdD from Harvard University where she focused her studies on teacher leadership and professional development. She began her career as a public school teacher where she learned the value of student engagement, teacher collaboration, and using student voices to improve teaching practices. She served in higher education as a teacher, administrator, licensing officer, and alternative certification program director.

Carol is the author of three books that support novice teacher and mentor leadership development. Two books with Corwin Press; Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers 2e, and the companion book for novice teachers, The First Years Matter 2e, offer school districts a month-by- month curriculum. Her 3rd edition of Strategies for Successful Student Teaching guides the student teacher through the practicum, the job search and into the first year of teaching.

Dr. Radford is actively engaged in designing online mentoring graduate courses that use videos, reflective journals, and mindfulness practices. She is a passionate advocate of teacher leadership and the development of mentor leaders who can transform their district induction programs to bring joy back to the classroom.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Peter M. DeWitt
About the Author
Part I Beginning Your Journey Into Teaching
The Purpose of Induction and Mentoring
Sustainable Mentoring
What is Mentoring in Action?
Building a Relationship With Your Mentor
Purposeful Mentoring Conversations
Part II Month-by-Month Mentoring: Being Mentored in Action
Why Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?
A Month-by-Month Cycle for Mentoring
The Transformation of a Teacher
August Orientation to the School and Community: Resources and Values
September Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the Classroom
October Teaching For Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction
November Assessing Diverse Learners: How Do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?
December Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students Interested
January Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving Forward
February Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active Inquiry
March With Your Mentor: Building a Trusting Relationship
April Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for Students
May Assessing Students’ Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher Assessment
June Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a Room
July Final Reflection and Planning For Next Year: Retreat, Reflect, Review

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