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Tool: Identifying the signs of disillusionment

Purpose of this tool: At some point, a beginning teacher will probably go through at least a limited phase of disillusionment. This checklist can help you recognize this phase and identify some ways to help her or him deal with it.

Signs of disillusionment Proposed actions

Frequent tardiness

 

 

Frequent requests for sick days

 

 

Frequent parent calls to the principal

 

 

Same children being sent to the office on a regular basis

 

 

Avoiding faculty interaction

 

 

Leaving daily with large stacks of paperwork

 

 

Delaying responses to requests from the principal’s office.

 

 

Using blaming language

 

 

Excessively using the copy machine for worksheets

 

 

Regularly appearing negative and frustrated

 

 

Having a high rate of student failure

 

 

Consistent lacking clarity about goals and student performance