Supported Site Middle Tennessee State University: Induction & Mentoring
- MTSU faculty visited the two in-state teachers during their first year of teaching. One was placed in a very supportive high school physics classroom, the other benefitted from weekly meetings to work on the details of classroom management.
- Sometimes our teaching graduates move far from the university, and mentoring becomes more of a challenge.
- One graduate replaced a middle school physical science teacher mid-year in an inner city environment, and was met with significant classroom management challenges.
- The TIR is supported by recurring funds from the UTeach replication program, and will be available indefinitely for mentoring.
As we build our TAG with local teachers, there will be additional resources for our graduates that take positions in the area.
- Mentoring needs to begin when new graduates are comparing job opportunities, not after they begin teaching.
- Once or twice yearly visits are being conducted with all new teachers in the state.
- Five-ten visits per semester have been conducted for new local teachers, especially those requesting extra help.