We ♥ all you do to support new teachers. Please share this Valentine’s Day treat with your protégées and colleagues. It features a great six-minute collection of “Quips and Quotes” set to music. It is sure to bring smiles and nods of agreement from the recipients.
In the Interest of Equity, Engagement, and Empowerment
Most districts and states include in their teacher performance criteria references to the need for teachers to build communities of learners. For example:
- The California Standards of the Teaching Profession references “promoting social development and responsibility within a caring community where each student is treated fairly and respectfully.”
- The Texas Teacher Standards includes “Teachers create a community of learners in an inclusive environment that views differences in learning and background as educational assets. “
- The New York Teacher Performance Standards reads “Teachers create a mutually respectful, safe, and supportive learning environment that is inclusive of every student (as they)
- Are caring and respectful in their interactions with students.
- Embrace student diversity as an asset in the classroom.
- Recognize and reinforce positive interactions among students.
- Create a climate of acceptance and respect.
- Create an environment where students show responsibility to and for one another. “
As educators who are taking the lead in guiding those new to our profession, we must convince new teachers (and ourselves) of the need to be purposeful in the incorporation of community building into our daily lives. When new teachers say they can’t take the time to do it because they have so much to cover, it is essential that we assure them they will pay a hefty price of lessened engagement and learning if they neglect this important component. Then, we have to further support them with the tools to do so. The February Tools of the Month provide powerful ways to do just that. Two come from the Just ASK online library and the third one comes to us from Edutopia complete with video clips; it is titled “10 Powerful Community Building Ideas.” It has dynamite examples from classrooms K-12. Click the graphics below to access these tools.
Tools of the Month
If you have access to a copy of Why Didn’t I Learn This in College? revisit Chapter II: Creating a Positive Learning Environment. There are tons of good ideas on those pages we’d ♥ for you to recommend to your protégées.
Don’t miss the February Mentoring Calendar and be sure to check out the dozens of resources available for your use in the Mentoring Resource Collection.
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Just ASK Mentoring Statistics
- Over 7,000 educators involved in mentoring work have attended one of our national institutes or our district-based mentoring workshops.
- Over 850 of our award-winning Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kits and New Teacher Professional Development Kits are being used in districts across the country.
- Over 600,000 mentors and novice teachers have in their hands our The 21st Century Mentor’s Handbook or our new teacher’s book Why Didn’t I Learn This in College?