ERIC Number: ED375530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
How To Help Experienced Teachers Adjust to a New School.
Hartzell, Gary N.
Tips for Principals, Sep 1994
Becoming a member of any organization involves socialization. When teachers move, change work groups, or transfer, they must be "reinducted" or "resocialized" to fit into the new environment. Administrators should recognize two important differences between beginning and relocated teachers--the mindset each brings to the first year of service and the way each is perceived by incumbent staff members. Whereas the beginner needs to be initiated into both the profession and the organization, the veteran brings an already formed sense of a teacher's role. Also, experienced teachers may be perceived to be familiar with the organization and instantly competent; coworkers are less likely to see experienced newcomers as needing increased support. This article advises administrators to give veteran newcomers a realistic view of the school; become aware of job transition issues and build a similar awareness in the arriving teachers; pay attention to informal socialization processes; assign and/or redistribute faculty responsibilities based on individual teachers' talents; involve veteran newcomers in important activities outside their immediate job descriptions; and provide formal and informal feedback. Job changes require adjustment. Since teachers are indispensable to a school's effectiveness, administrators should make this adjustment as easy as possible. Contains 10 references. (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Informal Organization, Socialization, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Transfer, Teaching Experience
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1537 ($3; $2 members; bulk discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.