Thinking About Teaching High School? What You Need to Know Before You Sign the Contract
Everyone has an idea what it would be like to be a teacher. Unfortunately, that idea is based on seeing only the tip of the iceberg, the performance the teacher delivers in the classroom. It’s the hidden part of the iceberg that causes a lot of beginning teachers to throw in the towel before they give themselves a chance to adapt. This book is about some of the things hidden in that iceberg. More
My first year of teaching was absolutely the worst year of my life. The only reason I went back for my second was that I had gone to college on a teaching scholarship and unless I completed four years of teaching, I had to pay back a lot of money. Fortunately for me, my second year was a lot better than my first, and by the time I completed those initial four years, I could not imagine myself doing anything else.
During the thirty years that I taught high school, I served as mentor to a lot of beginning teachers, both officially and unofficially, and although no two of the beginning teachers I worked with had exactly the same experience, they all felt just as lost and bewildered as I had during my first year.
A couple of years after I retired, a former student asked if I had any “words of wisdom” for her as she began her first year teaching. I don’t know how “wise” anything I told her was, but that conversation was the foundation for this book.