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.
- The recent graduate that struggled during year 1 did return to teaching and had a very good year 2.
- 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 Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) with local teachers, there will be additional resources for our graduates that take positions in the area.
- Job opportunities for our physics teaching graduates are being made available through contacts resulting from the TAG meetings.
- Mentoring needs to begin when new graduates are comparing job opportunities, not after they begin teaching.
- More interviewing skills need to be addressed in the Physics Seminar course.
- 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.