What about you, the teacher?

Students get all the attention. Their needs are assessed. They have curriculum designed to meet their individual needs. They get differentiated instruction from well-trained educators. They have a right to a school years’ worth of growth. So . . . , how about you, the teacher? Who pays attention to you each day? Has anyone ...

Just Being There

I ran all three miles this morning. My pace, breathing, and attention span were as inconsistent as a three-legged frog crossing a freeway. I’ve always been capable of completing three miles, physically, that is. On most occasions it’s the emotional stamina that fades, wanes, and all-together disappears. Today I finished because my wife joined me. ...

Transition by the Numbers

I’ve taught every grade from first to sixth, in 7 schools, 4 districts, 2 states and 1 U.S. territory. I have made the transition to a new grade 8 times in 19 years. I was provided specific training and support for only 1 of those moves. Because of that 1 year of professional guidance, 14 years ...

“A New Teacher How-To” Infographic

What can a teacher new to the profession or new to a school do to effectively engage with the new culture? Explore the infographic “A New Teacher How-To”, then share your comments, questions, or concerns.

A Transfer’s Perspective

This post was submitted to a Proteacher.net Discussion Board for  Primary Grades. It is an example of the anxieties that experienced teachers feel when they are placed in a new teaching environment. You can read of the assumptions the transferring teacher makes about the principal’s motivation for the new grade-level assignment. You can sense the ...

A Single Group Can Make All Things Different

How do the concepts in this video relate to achieving and maintaining grade-level team cohesion in your school? Comment below.

Induction Effectiveness?

I am interested in the impact of new employees first day/week/month on long-term effectiveness of the employee within the hiring organization. Can effective induction be correlated to the bottom-line in for-profit environments? How does the induction process influence the retention of employees in non-profit institutions? Does it have any influence on improved or decreased levels ...

Resource for Onboarding

Resource for Onboarding
Check out this comprehensive resource from the Society for Human Resource Management. It provides the research supporting the use of onboarding, as well as the benefits it will provide if implemented. SHRM Onboarding Report

5 Steps of Transitional Onboarding

We assume, don’t we? We figure they will be fine, so we don’t bother them. We decide they probably just want to be left alone to dig into the curriculum, set-up their room, and tape name tags to desks. And we would be assuming correctly. It is true that a teacher transitioning to a new ...

Employee Enculturation

George Bradt and Mary Vonnegut, in Onboarding: How to Get Your New Employees Up to Speed in Half the Time, define onboarding as “the process of acquiring, accommodating, assimilating, and accelerating new team members”.  They state that onboarding “can be a culture-shaping sustainable competitive advantage” due to the process helping to “build, sustain, and perpetuate high-performing teams”. Without ...
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