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For beginning teachers: Proactive strategies to make the most of your first years of teaching

designed by Valerie Struthers, Jeff Holbrook, Randi Stanulis, Kathryn Bell, Michelle Prior and Sarah Williams

As a beginning teacher you may be looking forward to your first years of teaching with mixed emotions. On the one hand, you might be excited by the prospect of having your “own” classroom. On the other hand, you may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities that it entails. Don't worry--your principal, colleagues and mentor teacher will be there to support your learning and that of your students.

Below you will find a list of common questions that beginning teachers often ask as they begin their careers. As you explore the questions below, you will find resources to help you thrive, not just survive, your first years of teaching.



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