The Role and Practice of the Principal in Developing Novice First-Year Teachers

Sam Roberson, Reba Roberson
2009 The Clearing House A Journal of Educational Strategies Issues and Ideas  
onsider the following scenario: You and your loved ones are excited about an upcoming vacation. You are flying to your favorite island resort in the Caribbean. The departure day has arrived, and you and your loved ones board a commercial 747 jet in nervous excitement. As the plane taxis down the runway for takeoff, the captain comes on the intercom. He announces that he is Abstract: Novice teachers are added to campuses every year. The principals' challenge is to work with novice teachers to
more » ... mote high levels of classroom practice, ensure the academic success of all students, and encourage new ways of being in schools for novice and veteran teachers alike. Principals can address these demands by understanding the issues novice teachers encounter as they assimilate into the work of the school, understanding the expectations of novice teachers for principals and colleagues, and developing strategies to meet the needs of novice teachers. The author discusses two proven mentoring strategies-establishing regular developmental meetings and providing meaningful, instructive feedback. The principal is the critical factor in novice teacher success.
doi:10.3200/tchs.82.3.113-118 fatcat:6zkf6kccdvb75as6nfabgv2zfm