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"When I Started Teaching, I Wish I Had Known..."

Weekly Wisdom for Beginning Teachers

Curated by an expert on mentoring, this collection of advice from seasoned teachers to “newbies” will be a chorus in your ears as you learn to balance teaching and life.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071909393
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: May 22, 2023

Price: $23.95



Practical, thoughtful and inspiring—36 weeks of wisdom for new teachers.

Every teacher has those moments, when the learning curve seems too steep, the workload feels too intense, and the faculty room coffee is too weak. But then there’s the moment when they open this book, and smile. Author Carol Pelletier Radford, a mentoring expert, has collected words of wisdom from experienced teachers across the country to help newer teachers thrive. She asked each of them, what is something you wished you knew when you were starting out as a teacher? The responses range from practical classroom management tips to reminders for self-care, and Radford has arranged them into weekly readings that provide advice from a chorus of seasoned educators to help those new to the profession thrive. Highlights include:

  • Start-of-the-year routines for a compassionate culture—and the best classroom management
  • Why consistency and embracing mistakes is important to students—now more than ever
  • How to design experiences that create student engagement—and energize you
  • Questions that help you guide a child toward positive behavior—with fairness, firmness and grace
  • Daily self-care mindsets and rituals—from calming walks to podcasts to learning to say no

When I Started Teaching, I Wish I Had Known... takes a teacher gently by the hand, through 36 weeks of the school year. Its practical strategies address lessons, feedback, building relationships, and so much more. But perhaps what this book does most brilliantly is speak to the person behind the teacher, reminding them that they are already gifted, because they are curious and kind.



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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

Wisdom Helps You Grow

Getting Started ~ Create a Community of Learners

Gaining Momentum - Find Your Strengths

Staying in the Flow ~ Focus on Teaching & Learning

Closing the School Year with Intention ~ Celebrate Your Growth

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflect and Plan

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