ERIC Number: EJ776499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
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Teacher to Teacher: What Advice Would You Give New Teachers about Dealing with School Politics?
English Journal, v96 n4 p24-26 Mar 2007
New teachers need to know about the political context in which they are working, and the best way to do this is to adopt and maintain a quiet watchfulness and avoid allegiances. Listening and observing, reserving judgments, reflecting on the motivations of the participants in the debate--these are the crucial behaviors for the teacher learning the ropes. But the most important piece of advice to give new teachers is to remind them of their priority: teaching their students. Creating engaging and significant lessons for students, discovering effective means of managing classes and their workload, getting to know students on a personal level, strengthening knowledge of their content--these are the consuming tasks of teaching and should be the new teacher's primary focus. In this article, four teachers give advice to new teachers about dealing with school politics.
Descriptors: Politics of Education, School Culture, Beginning Teacher Induction, Guidelines, Profiles, Debate, Teaching Experience, Industrial Psychology
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