There is no person more enthusiastic and excited about his job than a beginning teacher. If they are lucky this excitement lasts a few years, but eventually that “save the world” attitude wears off. It does not have to.
Here are some things that new or beginning teachers need the most in order to continue being bright and effective instructors to our kids.
Parent’s patience: Let’s face it; new teachers are naive. It is generally a good type of naive, but most parents to not have the patience to put up with a new teachers innocent statements and assumptions when it might affect their children negatively. Still parents must remember that like a child, this new teacher is still learning the ropes, and instead of getting annoyed, they should learn to show some patience while clearly and calmly correcting statements that come from a place of innocent ignorance. Perhaps like student drivers, and bank trainees, new teachers should wear a sign.
Support from fellow teachers and administrators: One of the biggest complaints I have heard from new teachers is that experienced (and often jaded) teachers and administrators immediately beginning indoctrinating the new teacher with negativity. No sooner than they walk through the door, their enthusiasm in literally beat out of them with co-workers who tell them that they hate their job and that things will never improve.
On the job training: Instead of being thrown into the proverbial pool to sink or swim, beginning teachers should be given on the job training. Instead of running their first classroom the following fall after finishing college. Beginning and new teachers should spend the first year assisting experienced teachers in their classrooms and serving as substitute teachers when needed. They should probably assist different teachers on a monthly basis so they do not pick up all the bad habits of one teacher.
Paid ongoing training programs: During school breaks like summer for instance, teachers should be paid for ongoing training and workshops to introduce them to new advancements in education and to equip them solve existing problems.
Counseling: Many beginning teachers who walk away from the classroom do it for emotional reasons, not because they feel incapable of teaching. School districts should pay for teacher counseling for the first few years on the job to help teachers deal with feelings of failure and other anxieties of the classroom.