ERIC Number: ED341166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
How To Help Beginning Teachers Succeed.
Gordon, Stephen P.
Many beginning teachers leave the profession after only 2 years. In an effort to help beginning teachers succeed, the Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP) was created to combat unforseen difficulties. The main difficulties are environmental in nature: (1) difficult work assignments; (2) unclear expectations; (3) inadequate resources; (4) isolation; (5) role conflict; and (6) reality shock. The Beginning Teacher Assistance Program is a formal, systematic effort to provide ongoing assistance to the new teacher during the induction period (usually 3 years). The program relies on the use of mentors and direct needs assessments. Many types of assistance cannot be planned ahead of time, and each program is individualized with the help of the mentor and support group. Initial assistance may include providing helpful information about specific responsibilities, the school, the community, school district policies and procedures, and the curriculum. Celebrating the beginner's arrival, establishing rapport, and providing an orientation are also very helpful. The program also provides for ongoing assistance, ranging from providing moral support to conducting seminars. To assess the overall value of the program and to make necessary changes, an evaluation is suggested. (72 references) (LAP)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Mentors, Needs Assessment, Teacher Morale, Teacher Orientation
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1403 (Stock No. 611-91172; $6.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.