Newer than New: How to Help?
Yesterday I met a new physics teacher in our area. He has no background in teaching, beyond the two weeks he has been in class already. He has a science degree and worked in the public sector. He is teaching sections of physics and chemistry on an emergency certification. He is looking for help, suggestions, ideas and advice–whatever he can get.
I am going out to visit his physics class next week.
What do you think is the most important thing to focus on with a new teacher like this, especially with no training? I have never had to work with a teacher with absolutely no training. I can only imagine that there are lots of places where he’ll need support; but right now it’ll have to be like triage, deciding where help is needed most. You can certainly tell he is a bit frazzled, although not much more than you would expect for anyone teaching their first year. From his perspective, what he needs is ideas for what to do in the classroom–activities, lessons, things to get student engaged.
Anyone out there been in his position: What kinds of mentoring and help would you have found most helpful? What kinds of mentoring support would have been frustrating or unhelpful?