NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ1015480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
The Wish List: Articulating and Responding to New Teachers' Concerns
Bentley, Erinn
English Journal, v102 n3 p33-39 Jan 2013
Although it is possible to cite general trends about the concerns of beginning teachers, each beginner will have specific needs and questions. Clearly, mentoring matters, and mentors are especially helpful when they recognize and attend to the beginners' specific needs. Here, Erinn Bentley describes a "Wish List" she developed as a novice teacher which she used as a method for clearly and specifically documenting skills she wanted to learn. This list contained both general teaching skills and those particular to her teaching context. Throughout her first years in the classroom she used the Wish List as a personal professional development guide: continually referring to the list, adding new skills or concepts, and systematically looking for mentors for guidance. (Contains 1 figure.) [This article was written with Allison Morway and Tammie Short.]
National Council of Teachers of English. 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 877-369-6283; Tel: 217-328-3870; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A