Mentorship for New Teachers: Meaningful Professional Development

Last week-end, I presented at the annual TESL Toronto conference. The topic for my workshop (I will call it Workshop 2) was How to Survive and Thrive as New ESL Teacher (http://www.slideshare.net/PatricePalmer/how-to-survive-and-thrive-as-a-new-esl-teacher). It was a revised/condensed version of a workshop (I will call that one Workshop 1) that I gave in April. In both workshops, I was inspired by the keen-spirited new teachers who attended.

If you read my blog post after Workshop 1, you will know that in the first activity, I asked teachers to complete the following sentence "Being a New Teacher is"...

These were their answers:


exciting
challenging
nerve wracking
a lot of work
intimidating
hard
daunting

I provided Workshop 2 participants with the above list and asked them to add to it. They agreed with everything on the list and added:


frightening
terrifying
overwhelming
rewarding
a joy ride


I am not sure about you, but I certainly wouldn’t want to go to work every day...

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