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The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher
A Mentoring Guide for Novice Teachers

Second Edition

Foreword by Peter DeWitt

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July 2016 | 296 pages | Corwin

Use this updated resource to prepare for your journey into teaching
 
Teaching is an ongoing learning process. Where do you begin? This newly revised and updated 2nd edition of The First Years Matter sheds light on what your first years are all about. Key actions steps and a flexible twelve-month curriculum - including July for reflection and planning - keeps you proactively prepared for the classroom. Use this book to collaborate more effectively with your mentor who may be using the companion text Mentoring in Action.
 
The First Years Matter includes a planning section, affirmations, and activities to help you master classroom management, instruction, assessment, goal setting, and more. Whether you’re a first year teacher or entering your second or third year, you’ll learn to mindfully

  • Align mentoring to your state or district evaluation standards
  • Integrate student voice to build a community of learners
  • Prepare for teacher observations and standardized testing
  • Apply mentoring lessons to differentiate instruction
  • Develop leadership opportunities
  • Gather evidence to document your progress

This updated version includes convenient QR codes and a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a journal for reflection. Start your teaching journey off right. Use this empowering book to become a competent and confident teacher! 

“I love the idea of having mentors and mentees work alongside each other with Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter, sharing their thoughts about challenges and successes each month and opening up a reflective dialogue.”
Karen Mayotte, Grade 2 Classroom Teacher/ Co-coordinator Mentor Program
Nashoba Regional School District

Use with Mentoring in Action, the companion guide for mentors!
 
Foreword: Peter M. DeWitt
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
Part I Beginning Your Journey Into Teaching
 
The Purpose of Induction and Mentoring
 
Sustainable Mentoring
 
What is Mentoring in Action?
 
Building a Relationship With Your Mentor
 
Purposeful Mentoring Conversations
 
Part II Month-by-Month Mentoring: Being Mentored in Action
 
Why Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?
 
A Month-by-Month Cycle for Mentoring
 
The Transformation of a Teacher
 
August Orientation to the School and Community: Resources and Values
 
September Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the Classroom
 
October Teaching For Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction
 
November Assessing Diverse Learners: How Do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?
 
December Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students Interested
 
January Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving Forward
 
February Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active Inquiry
 
March With Your Mentor: Building a Trusting Relationship
 
April Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for Students
 
May Assessing Students’ Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher Assessment
 
June Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a Room
 
July Final Reflection and Planning For Next Year: Retreat, Reflect, Review

Supplements

"Carol Radford is the consummate professional educator. From the outset of my association with her, she has been a conscientious and dedicated administrator, a mentor, and a generous and supportive colleague. Readily able to foster constructive connections between course material and her own exemplary classroom experience, she has consistently provided innovative direction and support to classroom teachers by way of the books she has authored. Generations of educators have and will continue to use them.

Dr. Radford’s commitment to teaching in urban populations has distinguished her contribution to the education profession. I continue to be impressed by her command of relevant research and effective instructional techniques. Her skill is facilitating communication. She effectively addresses the interface between practice and education with the primary objective of identifying the relevant issues in support of human well-being. Dr. Radford is truly a reflective practitioner, and I always appreciate opportunities to learn from her as she continues to clarify the relevant issues in educational practice by way of her latest publications."

Cameron Marzelli, Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
Lesley University
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Summary of Changes:

·         Twelve month curriculum with the addition of July to reflect

                        August is the teaching chapter that shows how you go through each month teaching reader to download things from the website. Following months will have reminders to go to the website.

·         Alignment to state standards to support novice teacher effectiveness on evaluation (introduction)

·         Introducing the use of the book for (after year 1) for 2+ years also

·         Updated wording and titles for all content to be for teacher voice

·         Delete front matter and replace with “How to Use this Book Effectively”

·         Revise PLAN pages to reduce redundancy

·         Delete New Teacher Needs pages in any chapters and just use Set Goals pages

·         Consolidate Create a Novice Teacher Support Group both pages to Part I (delete pages in months)

·         Delete Monthly Organizer page in each chapter

·         Introduce the topic of mindfulness in introduction

·         All other changes from Mentoring in Action book apply as this is a companion

·         Other videos from MIA website integrated as appropriate for novice teachers i.e. Design Alliance, Advice from Beginning Teachers, What students say effective teachers do etc.

·         Companion Website using CW mouse icon to indicate to go to website.

                  Journal sheets for writing,

                  Reflection bubble sheets,

                  Graphics – slides

                  Calendar

               Downloadable forms from ACTs pages as appropriate.

                        Videos as indicated above

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

September


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