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Beginning Teachers

Beginning teachers can face anticipation, uncertainty, stress, concern, even fear when first taking up a teaching position. They have to implement all they have learned in the most effective way, create relationships with students, other staff and parents, become part of a system, a school and a staff with all this implies, match the desirable with the possible and finally, cope with the physical demands of teaching full-time. While this can prove rewarding and hopefully does for new teachers, it makes for interesting times until the moment you are certain you made the right decision.

This page gives access to procedures and programs used in each state & territory, special reviews, reports and surveys, resources & tools, books, even Survival Guides. It looks at induction, mentoring and other special programs.

For related information, visit the Professional Development pages.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

  • Beginning Teacher Conferences
    ‘Beginning Teacher Conferences are open to all new [beginning] teachers who are : employed as full time, temporary or casual teachers by the DET in the schools sector and located within a reasonable travelling distance of the conference’. NSWTF. They also have a Graduate Survival Kit.
  • Better Support for Beginning Teachers
    Includes release time and mentoring during the first year.
  • Induction [NSW]
    ‘Induction includes orientation to the Department and to the school, as well as a school-based induction program involving structured supervision, collegial support, mentoring and professional networking’. There is also information on Casual teacher induction.
  • Information for Newly Appointed Teachers
    ‘Contains an overview of information with which you will need to become familiar. It is part of the induction process which will be continued by your principal’.
  • Probationary Service
    ‘Probationary teachers are beginning teachers and have the support of an appropriate induction and structured supervisory program’.
  • New ! Supporting the Induction of New Teachers
    ‘Guidelines for schools’. Department of Education.

Northern Territory

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Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

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Victoria

  • Induction and Orientation
    Select from the options and follow the prompts.
  • Induction for Beginning Teachers
    ‘The Beginning Teachers Induction web pages offer a range of resources and suggestions to support you at this important stage of your career’.
  • Induction of New Teachers
    ‘Principals can support the induction of new teachers in their school by being explicit about the values and expectations that inform and reflect the behaviours and practices of staff within their school. Effective induction of beginning teachers in schools is primarily the responsibility of principals’.
  • Mentoring
    ‘Mentoring offers individualised support to beginning and returning teachers’. Introduction with links to Mentoring Beginning Teachers and New ! Induction and mentoring for new teachers information.
  • School Centres for Teaching Excellence
    ‘Explored new options for the delivery of pre-service teacher education and ways in which pre-service teachers could be better immersed in effective professional practice’.
  • Supporting Provisionally Registered Teachers
    ‘Newly qualified teachers with provisional registration can access information and resources required to apply for full registration’.
  • Teaching Academies of Professional Practice
    ‘Teaching Academies adopt a partnership model to deliver innovative and effective initial teacher education’.
  • The e5 Instructional Model
    ‘The e5 Instructional Model is a reference point for school leaders and teachers to develop a deeper understanding of what constitutes high quality teacher practice in the classroom’.

Western Australia

  • Aspiring Teachers
    ‘Has a range of information that will acclimatise you with the internal structure and functions of the Department of Education and Training and teaching with them’.
  • New & Graduate Teachers
    Information on the Graduate Teacher Induction Program, In-class Coaching Program and Teacher Registration Board programs.
  • Staff Induction Policy
    Download or read online.
  • Switch Program
    Links to information.
  • Benefits and Support
    ‘You have access to a variety of employee benefits and support services’.
  • The Early Career Teachers Program
    ‘Targets Early Career Teachers employed in Catholic schools as graduate teachers, to support their transition into the teaching profession’.

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Other Information

Books & Other Publications

  • Beginning Teacher’s Handbook
    ‘takes you through the challenges you will face in joining a school community, establishing positive relationships with parents from day one, and engaging the students you are given’. Fee-based.
  • New Teacher’s Kit
    ‘The New Teacher’s Kit is a complete set of downloadable, printable resources and classroom strategies’.
  • New-Teacher Toolbox
    US, but still applicable. Available through Amazon. Partly available through Google Books.

General Sites

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Research, Reports & Surveys

Australian

  • Updated ! Adventurous Lives : Teacher Qualities for 21st Century Learning
    2016; Faulkner, Julie and Latham, Gloria. ‘In this paper, the authors turn their attention to the importance of teachers’ lives and mindsets to meet current, emerging and future challenges’.
  • New !
  • New ! Building quality in teaching and teacher education
    2016; Nan Bahr, Suzanne Mellor. ‘The publication of this AER is timely as it contemplates and reviews this whole landscape, positions itself most firmly in relation to the issues, and indicates a need for more attention be paid to the ways that can lead to the making of quality teachers’.
  • New ! Case-Based Learning for Classroom Ready Teachers : ...
    Addressing the Theory Practice Disjunction through Narrative Pedagogy. 2016; Al Strangeways, Lisa Helen Papatraianou. ‘This article describes a mixed-method pilot study on the development and use of an online resource of multi-modal place-based “case-stories” of preservice teachers in Central Australia’.
  • New ! Mentoring Beginning Teachers and Goal Setting
    2016; Peter Hudson, Sue Hudson. ‘This case study investigated how mentors after involvement in a mentoring professional learning program focused on goal setting with beginning teachers in their schools’.
  • New ! Piloting Teacher Education Practicum Partnerships
    Teaching Alliances for Professional Practice [TAPP]. 2016; John Leslie Kertesz, Jill Downing. ‘This paper reports on a practicum partnerships pilot project between local schools and a teacher preparation program in a medium sized regional university ’.
  • New ! What do we know about early career teacher attrition rates in Australia ?
    2016; AITSL. ‘There is a perception in Australia that there is a high attrition rate of teachers both during their initial teacher education and within the first five years of graduation from ITE. If this is correct, there are implications for governments that fund ITE and staffing implications for education sector employers and schools’.

International

  • New ! A Coming Crisis in Teaching ? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
    2016; Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas. ‘Recent media reports of teacher shortages across the country are confirmed by the analysis of several national datasets reported in this brief. Shortages are particularly severe in special education, mathematics, science, and bilingual/English earner education. If attrition were reduced by half to rates comparable to those in high-achieving nations, shortages would largely disappear’. USA.
  • New ! A Model for Online Support in Classroom Management : ...
    Perceptions of Beginning Teachers. 2016; Credence Baker, James Gentry, William Larmer. ‘Participants in the study were beginning teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels. After completing the classroom management workshop, teachers reviewed online video clips of strategies they had learned, applied the strategies in their respective classrooms, and engaged in online discussions of the results obtained’. USA.
  • New ! Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness ? A Review of the Research
    2016; Tara Kini, Anne Podolsky. ‘Do teachers continue to improve in their effectiveness as they gain experience in the teaching profession ? This paper aims to answer that question by critically reviewing recent literature that analyses the effect of teaching experience on student outcomes in K-12 public schools in the United States’. USA.
  • New ! Judgementoring and how to avert it : introducing ONSIDE Mentoring for beginning teachers
    2016; Andrew J Hobson. ‘The purpose of this paper is twofold : first, to extend existing knowledge on the nature, reach, causes and consequences of judgementoring; second, to present a new framework for mentoring beginner teachers that has the potential to forestall and combat judgementoring, and enable the full potential of institution-based mentoring to be realised’. UK.
  • New ! Learning to Teach
    Practice-Based Preparation in Teacher Education. 2016; Amber Benedict, Lynn Holdheide, Mary Brownell, Abigail Marshall Foley. ‘This Special Issues Brief outlines essential features for providing high-quality, structured, and sequenced opportunities to practice within teacher preparation programs. This brief is intended to support states, districts, and educator preparation programs that are striving to prepare and support excellent teachers’. USA
  • New ! Lived Experience : Perceptions of Competency of Novice Teachers
    2017; Pauline Swee Choo Goh, Qismullah Yusuf, Kung Teck Wong. ‘This study bridges the gap of an outsider-insider perspective of competency and captures the essence of what constitutes competency among 18 novice teachers in their own actions performed in real classrooms’. Malaysia.
  • New ! The Research We Need in Teacher Education
    2016; Maria Teresa Tatto, Gail Richmond, Dorinda J Carter Andrews, ‘Prompted by internal and external criticism, demands for accountability, and an authentic desire to better understand processes associated with learning to teach, the field of teacher education-and more specifically, of teacher preparation is experiencing a vigorous period of change’. USA.
  • New ! The Teacher Residency : An Innovative Model for Preparing Teachers
    2016; Roneeta Guha, Maria E Hyler, Linda Darling-Hammond. ‘Newly emerging teacher residency programs seek to address existing problems by offering an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers for hard-to-staff schools. This report summarizes the features of these programs and research about their practices and outcomes’. USA.
  • New ! What Makes a Good Teacher ?
    2017; Zagyváné Szucs Ida. ‘This study presents the results of a research in which we explore the secondary school students’ expectations of a good teacher. We carried out an anonymous questionnaire survey and asked the students to write an essay on the good teacher. The results show that the students assess their teachers in a lot of aspects’. USA.

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Resources

AITSL

  • Mentoring Beginning Teachers
    Program Handbook for this program. Alberta Teachers’ Association. Canada.
  • National Induction Programme for Teachers
    ‘Aims to support the induction of newly qualified teachers into the teaching profession in primary schools in Ireland’. A very detailed example of what occurs in other countries.
  • Resources Toolkit for New Teachers
    Edutopia. ‘From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out’.
  • The Music Teachers Project
    ‘A forum based site that has been designed to give support to beginning music teachers. Talk, send video, ask for help and share the highs and lows of your experiences in the classroom’.
  • The New Teacher Centre
    ‘A national resource focused on teacher and administrator induction’. US-based. Articles, resources and sample programs may prove useful in an Australian setting.

Survival Guides

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