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Supporting New Teachers

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I've been the new teacher several times in my career. I remember the feelings of isolation and being overwhelmed. As a result, during the first week of school, I leave new staff a little present in their mailboxes such as cute note pads or chocolate with a note welcoming them. During the first week or two, I stop by after school to see if they have any questions. It's surprising how many times they need somebody to talk to or cry to but they don't want to burden their own teammates. As a special area teacher, I work with all the kids and all the staff and can be a good sounding board for their concerns. The biggest thing is to not assume all is well if they're still standing. Be available to support them throughout the year. It's everybody's responsibility to help those new to our profession.


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