Quick & Easy Ways to Support a New Colleague
I am going to have a student teacher working with me in the fall. On her first day, I plan on supplying her with an index card box, a collection of different colored index cards, and some index dividers. I’ll encourage her to use the cards to jot down any good ideas she observes in action in my classroom and around the school and to file them away for future use.
Also, I plan on giving a card to each teacher along with an invitation to jot down his or her best teaching idea or tip along with his or her contact information. Then, on my student teacher’s last day, we can use the cards to “shower” my student teacher with our wisdom of experience and provide her with an instant set of professional colleagues willing to communicate with her whenever she needs friendship and support in the future.
This article was featured in the May 2011 Classroom Connection Newsletter. Read more stories from that edition below: