Every new teacher in the Mercer Island School District receives a mentor for their first year. The district staff work with the principals to select teachers who will provide support in curriculum, instruction, and the day-to-day operation of the school. As much as possible new teachers are matched with mentors in their school and grade/department. The expectations for teachers and mentors working together are found here: Mentor Responsibilities document
All new teachers will be enrolled into a clock hours course titled "New Teacher Induction". As a part of this course new teachers will meet with mentors, discuss relevant issues with colleagues, reflect upon observations made by their mentors and discuss journal articles. Mentors will also be enrolled in a clock hours course titled "Mentor Training and Beginning Teacher Support". A schedule of class sessions, course objectives, registration materials and other course related material can be found at http://staffdev.misd.k12.wa.us/StaffDev/index.php.
This website is designed to provide new teachers and their mentors with information and resources to support the critical first years of teaching.
All teachers who have a residency certificate in Washington State have to either get the state Professional Certification or National Board Teacher Certification.
Information about the state requirements for Professional Certification can be found at the state website www.k12.wa.us/certification/ProfEd/profcertprograms.aspx
Information about National Board Teacher Certification can be found at the state website
www.k12.wa.us/certification/nbpts/default.aspx and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website www.nbpts.org/
Important Notice: Listing of any of these sites does not constitute an endorsement by the Mercer Island School District of any commercial products featured on the site. They are listed only because the free content would be helpful to new teachers or mentors.
New Teacher Online Resources - This website was put together by teachers in Oswego, NY. It has a comprehensive set of links to many useful sites.
Tips for Middle School - This site is aimed at middle school teachers but has lots of links of use for teachers at any level.
Discipline - This website, which, though they are mainly selling stuff, also has a free site with tips on how to handle discipline problems.
Behavior Issues - This website has tips on how to work with certain types of kids and classroom behavior. It might be worth checking out. Click on the title of each section for more detail.
National Education Association Teacher Toolkit: Classroom Management - This site also has links to related topics and articles by NEA.
New! New Teacher is a site run by Harry and Rosemary Wong, the authors of many books and articles for new teachers including “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.” This site is free and non-commercial.
Survival Guide for New Teachers: How New Teachers Can Work Effectively with Veteran Teachers, Parents, Principals, and Teacher Educators, Amy DePaul, 2000, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Improvement. The complete text of this book is available here. You can also read it online at www.ed.gov/teachers/become/about/survivalguide/index.html
101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors: Effective Teaching Tips for Daily Classroom Use, Annette Breaux, 2003, Eye on Education
Dealing with Difficult Parents, Todd Whitaker and Douglas Fiore, 2001, Eye on Education
You Have to Go to School – You’re the Teacher! 250 Classroom Management Strategies to Make Your Job Easier and More Fun, Renee Rosenblum-Lowden, 2000, Corwin Press
The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher, Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong, 2005, Harry K. Wong Publications
Classroom Management that Works: Research Based Strategies for Every Teacher, Robert Marzano, 2003, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Mentoring Programs for New Teachers, Susan Villani, 2002, Corwin Press
Mentoring New Teachers, Hal Portner, 2003, Corwin Press
How to Mentor in the Midst of Change, Cheryl Granade Sullivan, 2004, Association for Supervision and Curriculum DevelopmentMentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-Focused Relationships, Laura Lipton, Bruce Wellman, Carlette Humbard, 2001, MiraVia LLC