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The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher

A Mentoring Guide for Novice Teachers
Second Edition
By: Carol Pelletier Radford

Foreword by Peter DeWitt

This newly revised edition prepares new teachers for the rigors and expectations of the classroom. Includes mentor-teacher strategies, a flexible twelve-month curriculum, companion website, and more!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506345062
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2016
  • Page Count: 296
  • Publication date: July 15, 2016

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Use this updated resource to prepare for your journey into teaching

Teaching is an ongoing learning process. Where do you begin? This newly revised and updated 2nd edition of The First Years Matter sheds light on what your first years are all about. Key actions steps and a flexible twelve-month curriculum - including July for reflection and planning - keeps you proactively prepared for the classroom. Use this book to collaborate more effectively with your mentor who may be using the companion text Mentoring in Action.

The First Years Matter includes a planning section, affirmations, and activities to help you master classroom management, instruction, assessment, goal setting, and more. Whether you’re a first year teacher or entering your second or third year, you’ll learn to mindfully

  • Align mentoring to your state or district evaluation standards
  • Integrate student voice to build a community of learners
  • Prepare for teacher observations and standardized testing
  • Apply mentoring lessons to differentiate instruction
  • Develop leadership opportunities
  • Gather evidence to document your progress

This updated version includes convenient QR codes and a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a journal for reflection. Start your teaching journey off right. Use this empowering book to become a competent and confident teacher!

“I love the idea of having mentors and mentees work alongside each other with Mentoring in Action and The First Years Matter, sharing their thoughts about challenges and successes each month and opening up a reflective dialogue.”
Karen Mayotte, Grade 2 Classroom Teacher/ Co-coordinator Mentor Program
Nashoba Regional School District

Use with Mentoring in Action, the companion guide for mentors!


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Carol Pelletier Radford

Carol Pelletier Radford is the founder of Mentoring in Action, an organization dedicated to the success of novice teachers and their mentors. Before she established her own organization to support mentors and new teachers, she was a veteran elementary school teacher and a teacher preparation leader. Carol is the author of Corwin’s bestselling books Mentoring in Action: Guiding, Sharing, and Reflecting With Novice Teachers and The First Years Matter: Becoming an Effective Teacher.

Carol received her Education Doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she focused her studies on mentoring and teacher leadership. She is also a certified yoga teacher who practices meditation and shares mindfulness strategies with educators through her online courses and website. Her podcast Teaching With Light features the stories of teachers and inspirational leaders. Her next passion project is the creation of a Teacher Legacy Network, where retired teachers can share their wisdom with the next generation of teachers.

You can learn more about Carol, find free resources, videos, meditations, courses, and all of her books at mentoringinaction.com/.

Twitter: @MentorinAction
Facebook: @MentoringinAction4Teachers
Instagram: @cpradford
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword: Peter M. DeWitt



About the Author


Part I Beginning Your Journey Into Teaching

The Purpose of Induction and Mentoring

Sustainable Mentoring

What is Mentoring in Action?

Building a Relationship With Your Mentor

Purposeful Mentoring Conversations

Part II Month-by-Month Mentoring: Being Mentored in Action

Why Do We Need a Mentoring Curriculum?

A Month-by-Month Cycle for Mentoring

The Transformation of a Teacher

August Orientation to the School and Community: Resources and Values

September Beginning the School Year Successfully: Creating a Community of Learners in the Classroom

October Teaching For Understanding: Planning and Delivering Effective Instruction

November Assessing Diverse Learners: How Do Teachers Know Students Have Learned?

December Maintaining Balance: Teaching and Keeping the Students Interested

January Beginning a New Calendar Year: Looking Back and Moving Forward

February Engaging Students in the Curriculum: Focus on Content through Active Inquiry

March With Your Mentor: Building a Trusting Relationship

April Standards: Creating Meaningful Standards-Based Learning Experiences for Students

May Assessing Students’ Progress: High-Stakes Tests and Teacher Assessment

June Completing the Year: Paperwork, Relationships, and Closing a Room

July Final Reflection and Planning For Next Year: Retreat, Reflect, Review



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