ERIC Number: EJ1039298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Asking for Help: The Key to Career Success
Beaudette, Donald J.; Nolan, Elizabeth A.
Educational Horizons, v92 p12-15 Oct-Nov 2013
Many districts have formal induction and mentoring programs to assist teachers new to the district. However, if you are in a district that does not, seeking out an experienced, positive, and trustworthy colleague will help you to navigate the beginning of a rewarding career. It is essential to remember that asking for help is absolutely critical to both your professional development and the success of your students. Many studies show that teachers who participate in induction or mentoring programs outperform those who do not. These teachers' students achieved at higher levels as well. In addition, mentored teachers "performed better at various aspects of teaching such as keeping students on task, developing workable lesson plans, using effective student questioning practices, adjusting classroom activities to meet student interests, maintaining a positive classroom atmosphere, and demonstrating successful classroom management" (Ingersoll & Strong, 2011, p. 225). A good mentor, like a good classroom teacher, plays many roles. As an experienced educator who knows the ins and outs of the school and school system, a mentor can familiarize a new teacher with the culture of the school and the school district.
Descriptors: Success, Mentors, Beginning Teacher Induction, Experienced Teachers, Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Supervisor Qualifications, Teacher Effectiveness
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