This Month's Issue
New Teacher Chat (#ntchat) is born! - Lisa Dabbs
New Teacher Chat enjoyed a 1 Year Anniversary on May 5th 2011!
New Teacher Chat and the hashtag #ntchat on Twitter was founded and created by me, Lisa Dabbs @teachingwthsoul.
What topics are discussed?
This chat was created to provide weekly mentoring and focus on the needs of new, new to the profession and pre-service teachers. The chat is supportive and practitioner focused.
It occurs on Twitter from 5pm-6pm PST/8pm-9pm ET on Wednesdays.
First year Principal - Dr. Robert Dillon
I know that you made a call to first year teachers, but as a first year principal, I thought that I too had a story to tell after a long, tiring, and fulfilling first year. I hope that you will consider publishing my thoughts on my experiences as a first year leader.
From my first summer retreat with my staff in August, I began asking the question, "What does it mean to have a successful year?" I knew that educators were getting framed into a box on what the definition of success for kids looks like. For most, the definition of success was becoming two numbers from the results of state testing. Did your scores go up? How did you do in math? How about language arts? These were the types of questions that we were asking before we celebrated in August about whether the year was a success.
The Musings of a Teacher in Training - Nikolas Kirincic
During the winter months, Vancouver can be a dreary place. The grey, mist-filled weather can make the days drag endlessly. Luckily for me, for the last eight months, I have been enrolled in a teacher training program and my energy has been entirely devoted to making my practicum go as well as possible (aside from the occasional weekend snowboarding getaway). Teaching secondary science, math, and drama brought me great joy and satisfaction, and also kept me blissfully unaware of the gloominess outside. Over those eight months, I learned and experienced many things, so I have decided to share a few of the most important observations, discoveries, and world-changing findings that I made.
Failure - Kara Koetter
I strive daily to provide my students with authentic learning experiences. Since this is my first year teaching technology, I am constantly referring to my network for ideas and advice on the latest and greatest tools out there. In preparation for this week, I planned to introduce a new Web 2.0 tool, one I hadn’t worked with before. Almost immediately, I started to feel frustrated. What was I doing wrong? Why wasn’t it doing what I wanted? It started off as frustration, but as I got deeper into the problem, I began to sense something different, something very uncomfortable.