Beginning Teacher Support

How we can help you thrive in the field of teaching

The Reich College of Education now offers a mentoring program for Teaching Candidates and Beginning Teachers. This supports the ongoing effort that Appalachian provides to mentor our students and graduates in the field of education. We are here to help you make the connection with Faculty and/or Staff members as you find the need for extra support. We hope that having this added layer of mentoring throughout your experience within the College of Education, and beyond, will help you succeed and progress in your profession.

We aim not only to support beginning teachers within their first 3 years of teaching but to help reduce the high teacher turnover rate that is so evident in our schools.

Appalachian is always striving to recruit, prepare and always support the new teachers we mold and grow. Our goal is to not only have higher quality teachers, but to form leaders within our schools.

Who We Serve: 

  • All Current RCOE Education Students.
  • All Appalachian State University Education Graduates within their first 3 years of beginning teaching.

Contact:

Trisha Caviness
Assistant Director for the James Center of Appalachian Educators

Reich College of Education
506C
ASU BOX 32038
Boone NC 28608-2038

(828)262-2685 office
(828)262-2128 fax

cavinessts@appstate.edu

Resources and Media:

Taken from the North Carolina New Teacher Support Program:

  • Approximate 1/3 of North Carolina beginning teachers are in their first 3 years of teaching.
  • 1/2 will leave the profession after 5 years
  • Teachers make the most gains in effectiveness through on-the-job learning and comprehensive induction between their first and second year of teaching

From nprEd:

"Hey, New Teachers. It's OK to cry in your car."
"Hey, New Teachers, Don't Quit. It will Get Better."

Relevant Links:

nprEd 
North Carolina New Teacher Support Program
Empowered New Teachers are Teachers Who Stay

Common Areas of Assistance:

1. Planning and Preparation

  1. Knowledge of content
  2. Knowledge of pedagogy (how we teach)
  3. Knowledge of students
  4. Knowledge of resources
  5. Selecting instructional goals
  6. Designing coherent instruction
  7. Accessing student learners

2. The Classroom Environment

  1. Creating a classroom of respect
  2. Establishing a culture for learning
  3. Maintaining classroom procedures
  4. Managing student behavior
  5. Organizing physical space

3. Instruction

  1. Communicating clearly and accurately
  2. Using question and discussion techniques
  3. Engaging students in learning
  4. Providing feedback to students
  5. Developing own teaching style
  6. Demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness

4. Professional Responsibilities

  1. Reflecting and teaching
  2. Maintaining accurate records
  3. Communicating with families
  4. Showing professionalism
  5. Contributing to the school and community
  6. Growing and developing professionally