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  • "Evolution of a Teacher": Authors Dr. Mark Littleton and Dr. Pam Littleton posit that competence can be reached more quickly and with less emotional harm when administrators and colleagues are cognizant of the novice's affective needs. Phases of First Year Teaching graph accompanies the article.
  • "Supporting New Teachers: A Fundamental Responsibility". This article by Gary Bloom and Barbara Davis speaks directly to administrators and provides steps they can use to support the new teachers on their staff.
  • "The Principal as New Teacher Mentor: Leader’s Active Support Keeps the Wheels Turning". Journal of Staff Development, Winter 2001. Suggestions for principals to support new teacher mentoring programs. By Tom Ganser.
  • "Developing, Retaining Strong Teachers in the Schools That Need Them Most" - Too often, beginning teachers in urban schools or teachers new to urban settings become frustrated when their students don’t respond to them. It’s not that they are bad teachers—they just may need different strategies to reach out to students and their parents. Dr. Kimberly Higdon believes that quality, long-term mentoring and involved, supportive principals with realistic expectations for beginning teachers are critical in helping new teachers stay in the profession, particularly in urban schools.

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