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How can I make the most of my first year of teaching?

The first year of teaching is a challenging and emotional experience for many new teachers. Researchers at the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project have found that the experiences of beginning teachers tend to fall into predictable phases.*

You may find yourself experiencing some of the same highs and lows of the teachers who contributed to this study. The suggestions in the chart are meant to help you capitalize on the enthusiasms and successes you will experience throughout the year and respond to the challenges all beginning teachers face.

Check out the following emotional stages that roughly correspond to...

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*Moir, E. (1999). The stages of a teacher’s first year. In Scherer, M. (Ed.). A better beginning: Supporting and mentoring new teachers, 11-26. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.