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Simos, Elaine – English Journal, 2013
The author of this article posits that some teachers leave the profession because they entered it with unrealistic expectations, and that the reality of multiple preparations, unpaid orientation sessions, and large student loads is overburdening.for new teachers. Many new teachers leave their positions because of the dissonance between their…
Descriptors: Teacher Persistence, Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Beginning Teacher Induction
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Lucas, Amy Magnafichi – English Journal, 2013
Amy Magnafichi Lucas is a graduate teaching assistant in the English Studies program at Illinois State university. Prior to her graduate work, she spent ten years in the secondary English classroom. In this article, she points out that most teachers are their own worst enemies. Most of the time this occurs during times of educational change…
Descriptors: Educational Change, State Standards, Academic Standards, English (Second Language)
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Davis, Andrea – English Journal, 2011
One of the more difficult 19th-century American texts for high school students to read is undoubtedly Henry David Thoreau's "Walden." His erudite allusions, often page-long sentences, and sophisticated sense of the ironic initially leave many students cold. Still, the author encourages them to read amid the din of a cultural cacophony that shouts…
Descriptors: High School Students, High Schools, Tests, English Curriculum
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McCann, Thomas M., Ed.; Johannessen, Larry, Ed. – English Journal, 2008
In 2002, when the authors began their three-year study of the problems new teachers face ("Supporting Beginning English Teachers"), No Child Left Behind (NCLB) had yet to have a significant impact on the lives of most classroom teachers. When they were interviewing beginning teachers, they had no idea that Jonathan Kozol was also in the…
Descriptors: Mentors, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Career Change, English Teachers