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Description - The First Year Matters by Carol Pelletier Radford

The First Year Matters was written to be a companion to Mentoring in Action, also by Carol Pelletier. Organized in the same month-by-month format, The First Year Matters organizes the first hectic year of teaching so that new teachers and student teachers can have a ready reference for their thoughts and journal entries. It also provides topics of discussion for meeting with their mentor, activities for discussion, and goal setting for the coming month. For teachers who are required to maintain a district or state portfolio for licensing, this guide can be used to demonstrate what they have been doing each month. The first year of teaching is an overwhelming experience. Many new teachers are so busy that they overlook some of the basic skills of teaching. Working with a teacher mentor can aid new teachers in having a sounding board for questions and someone with whom to share the experience. Mentors are important to the success of the beginning teacher and to their continued success in the teaching profession. Often new teachers get discouraged in their first year and give up on teaching. This book is designed to help them through the crucial first year so they will stay in this wonderfully rewarding profession.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780205585557
ISBN-10: 0205585558
Format: Paperback
(276mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Pearson
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Publish Date: 30-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Carol Pelletier Radford

Carol Pelletier Radford is the Program Director for a Transition to Teaching federal grant, which is located in the Center for University, School and Community Partnerships at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She received her Ed.D. from Harvard University in 1996 where she focused her studies on teacher professional development and the role of the cooperatingteacher in preparing pre-service teachers. In more than twenty years as a public school teacher, she has received numerous teacher leadership awards, among them the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Fellowship sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. She is the author of four books: Techniques and Strategies for Coaching Student Teachers, Strategies for Successful Student Teaching, Touch the Future: TEACH!, and Mentoring in Action:A Month-by-Month Curriculum for Mentors and Their New Teachers. For the past thirteen years, she has worked as the Director of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction at Boston College. In her current position at the University of Massachusetts, she teaches graduate courses for district mentors and is actively engaged in preparing prospective math and science teachers for New Bedford and Fall River schools. Visiit to learn more.