Ten Things New Teachers Need:

Some mentors use the Ten Things New Teachers Need to Succeed booklet as a discussion starter at their monthly meetings., focusing on a single chapter concept each time. To enhance the discussion and inspire beginning teachers, I have identified clips from ten movies that might accompany or open the sessions.
Enjoy,
Robin Fogarty, PhD.

To begin the entire series, I have selected a video from the television show, Saturday Night Live that presents a skit about teaching.
Prior to Working with Chapters
Focus: General: Quality Teaching
Video: Best of Seinfeld: Saturday Night Live: (Use entire skit of History Lesson)
Question: "How is this an example of quality teaching? How is it an example of not so quality teaching? Why??

Ten Things New Teachers Need By Robin Fogarty

Some mentors use the Ten Things New Teachers Need to Succeed booklet as a discussion starter at their monthly meetings., focusing on a single chapter concept each time. To enhance the discussion and inspire beginning teachers, I have identified clips from ten movies that might accompany or open the sessions. Enjoy, Robin Fogarty, Ph.D.

    To begin the entire series, I have selected a video from the television show, Saturday Night Live that presents a skit about teaching. Prior to Working with Chapters:
  • Focus: General: Quality Teaching
  • Video: Best of Seinfeld: Saturday Night Live: (Use entire skit of History Lesson)
  • Question: "How is this an example of quality teaching? How is it an example of not so quality teaching? Why??

Chapter 1: A Knowing Colleague as Counsel, about the Policies, Practices, and "The Politics"!

  • Focus: Mentoring
  • Video: Finding Forrester (Clip of Forrester helping boy to learn how to write).
  • Question: How does this mentor demonstrate the power of one on one mentoring with examples from the film clip.

Chapter 2: A Place Called School and "My Room" for Kids to Grow and Groom and Zoom!

  • Focus: Climate/Enriched Environment
  • Video: Teacher (Clip of teacher role-playing Lincoln and Washington)
  • Question: Discuss how this teacher sets a safe-risk climate, with high expectations and creates enriched environment for learning.
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Chapter 3: A Method for Managing 1500 Decisions on Your Seat and On Your Feet!

  • Focus: Expectations
  • Video: To Sir, With Love (Clip of classroom scene in which he lays down the rules and sets high expectations for his students).
  • Question: Discuss the paradox of kids who break the rules, but really want structure, routine and clear parameters.
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Chapter 4: A Discipline Plan That Works On Paper and On Kids!

  • Focus: Discipline Plan
  • Video: Breakfast Club (Clip of kids meeting for the "breakfast club").
  • Question: Discuss rules and the critical role of appropriate consequences.
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Chapter 5: A Standard Understanding of the Almighty Standards!

  • Focus: Standards of Excellence
  • Video: The Paper Chase (Clip of Professor " rigorously grilling" a student).
  • Question: Discuss role of standards in terms of curriculum that has both rigor and richness.
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Chapter 6: A Known Knowledge Base of Core Curriculum Content!

  • Focus: Lifelong Learning
  • Video: Dead Poet's Society (Clip of teacher telling kids to rip out the pages as a dramatic way of talking about what he values as curriculum).
  • Question: How does this teacher address the core curricular content?
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Chapter 7: A Fail-Safe Lesson Design for Teachers to Teach and Learners to Learn

  • Focus: Teach Them! Coach Them!
  • Video: Stand and Deliver (Clip of Jamie Escalante teaching an addition trick)
  • Question: "What are the elements of a good lesson design and how/why are these elements are vital to effective instruction?
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Chapter 8: A Repertoire of Teaching Strategies. Different Strokes for Different Folks!

  • Focus: Differentiation
  • Video: Mr. Holland's Opus (Clip of Mr. Holland teaching the boy how to play the drums in the marching band.
  • Question: How did Mr. Holland differentiate instruction for this boy?
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Chapter 9: A Love Affair With Assessment. Rubrics are Our New Best Friend!

  • Focus: Performance
  • Video: Music of the Heart (Clip in which high standards and quality are clearly represented through the music).
  • Question: What criteria are evident in quality musical performances and how do they relate to academic criteria?
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Chapter 10: A Winning Way with Parents to Report, to Relate, and to Celebrate

  • Focus: Parents/Community
  • Video: Pay It Forward (Scenes when mother first meets teacher).
  • Question: How might teachers invite parents to participate in school
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