Use this updated resource to prepare for your journey into teaching
This newly revised and updated 2nd edition of The First Years Matter provides key actions steps and a flexible twelve-month curriculum - including July for reflection and planning - to help you proactively prepare for your first few years in the classroom. Maximize your effectiveness in the classroom as you:
- Apply mentoring lessons to differentiate instruction
- Integrate student voice
- Prepare for teacher observations and standardized testing
- Gather evidence to document your progress
This updated version includes a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a journal for reflection.
Use with Mentoring in Action, the companion guide for mentors!
About the Author
Carol Pelletier Radford is the Founder and CEO of MentoringinAction.com. 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
Dr. Radford is actively engaged in designing online mentoring graduate courses that use videos, reflective journals, and mindfulness practices. She is a passionate
Table of ContentsForeword: Peter M. DeWittPrefaceAcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorIntroductionPart I Beginning Your Journey Into TeachingThe Purpose of Induction and MentoringSustainable MentoringWhat is Mentoring in Action?Building a Relationship With Your MentorPurposeful Mentoring ConversationsPart II Month-by-Month Mentoring: Being Mentored in ActionWhy Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?A Month-by-Month Cycle for MentoringThe Transformation of a TeacherAugust Orientation to the School and Community: Resources and ValuesSeptember Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the ClassroomOctober Teaching For Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective InstructionNovember Assessing Diverse Learners: How Do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?December Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students InterestedJanuary Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving ForwardFebruary Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active InquiryMarch With Your Mentor: Building a Trusting RelationshipApril Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for StudentsMay Assessing Students’ Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher AssessmentJune Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a RoomJuly Final Reflection and Planning For Next Year: Retreat, Reflect, Review