Alicia Sullivan works to coach new teachers through their first years of teaching. She knows that teachers often feel isolated and can get discouraged trying to set up a classroom and systems that work. Her experience as a classroom teacher, as well as learning from her colleagues, has given her valuable insight that will help all new teachers start off right.
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Alicia was the child of ta teacher and realized in college that was also what she wanted.
She has taught for 16 years, mostly lin 6th grade.
She left the classroom to coach new teachers who are mainly in their first and second year of teaching.
This has given her an amazing opportunity to influence students.
Two teachers working together, sharing students.
Each of the co-teachers had different strengths and learned from each other. They were able to help each other out.
Through this collaboration, they developed new skills and strategies.
When teachers enter the field, they have a lot of expectations.
New teachers need to be encouraged to ask for support.
Realize that you can't know it all from the beginning.
Teachers often feel isolated.
This is a recipe for frustration as they can snuggle with demands around lesson planning and curriculum.
When they are getting started in the classroom, it is helpful to have in classroom experience setting up a classroom and learning teaching systems.
Another challenge is differentiating lessons for student interests and level of difficultly.
What Teachers Need to Know
"You don't need to do it all, you need to do it well."
The kids that are doing the talking are doing the learning.