Back to Educational Leadership September 2019 What New Teachers Need
What New Teachers Need
Volume 77, No. 1
What do new teachers really need to know and do to survive and thrive? The September 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the craft and calling of teaching, providing strategic advice (and moral support) to new teachers and those who support them. Don't miss this essential back-to-school resource.
14 A Letter to New Teachers
The biggest challenge of your career will be staving off burnout. Here’s how to do that.
22 Avoiding the Siren Calls
Mark Wise and Beth Pandolpho
Schools need to help new teachers move past bad practices.
26 Bridging the Gap
A North Carolina partnership program extends the support network for pre-service and new teachers.
30 Focusing on the Essentials
We’re on the brink of a “Golden Age” in education. To get there, teachers must master three indispensable competencies.
36 Respect from Day One
The most important lessons on interacting with students.
42 The Real Deal on Classroom Management for New Teachers
An instructional coach shares what he wishes he knew as a new teacher.
50 How Principals Can Support New Teachers
Todd Whitaker, Madeline Whitaker Good, and Katherine Whitaker
Five powerful ways to help new teachers thrive and enhance school culture.
56 The Fundamentals of Backward Planning
How to build richer lesson and unit plans.
60 The Anti-Racist Educator
Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman
Let’s help new teachers take a growth approach to recognizing and working to curb any implicit racial bias.
67 Taking It to the Streets
Peter McDermott, Fran Falk-Ross, Sharon Medow, and Elizabeth Smith
Community mapping can give new teachers much-needed insights into their students’ lives and cultural assets.
72 A Tough Assignment
New research suggests school leaders need to be more thoughtful about new teacher placements—and the whole nexus of related working conditions.
78 The Value of Vulnerability
Paul Emerich France
If we want new teachers to become great teachers, we must help them feel safe enough to take risks, make mistakes, and embrace uncertainty.
9 Reader’s Guide/Starting New Teachers Off Right
84 Research Matters/Keep the Romance Alive
How can we help new teachers maintain a long-term love of their jobs?
86 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Do You Remember Me?
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Great teachers—those whom kids remember—invite students into learning.
88 Leading together/New Teachers as Catalysts
Jill Harrison Berg
New teacher induction provides a chance to renew school culture.
90 Confronting Inequity/Learning the Language
Matthew R. Kay
Educators need to hold on to their capacity to be fascinated by students.
92 One to Grow On/The Autonomous Teacher
Carol Ann Tomlinson
What teachers really need is greater professional discretion.
6 Readers React
93 Index to Advertisers
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways
Learning the Ropes
EL ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Four Practices I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher
Every rookie makes mistakes. The trick is to bounce back and do it better. Veteran teacher Alexis Wiggins describes the practices she used to do as a beginning teacher and what she does now.
Tell Us About
Readers share the one thing they felt most unprepared for during their first year of teaching.