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New Teacher Assist Home

 

About MEA-MFT
 

Teaching: The First Weeks
 

Classroom Organization
 

Classroom Management
 

Developing Instructional Routines
 

Handling Disruptive Students
 

Discipline in Specific Situations
 

Encouraging Cooperation
 

Grading and Report Cards
 

Parent Conferences
 

Building a Professional Image
 

Preparing for a Substitute
 

Dealing with Dangerous Students
 

Links to Professional Resources
 

Improving Teaching: Tips and Standards
 

Good Advice from Montana Teachers
 

Advice about Your Employment
 

Managing Your Money
 
Back-to-School Tips

Help Paying your Student Loan
 

MEA-MFT Contacts

 

Advice and Support for Successful Induction and Survival in Teaching (ASSIST)

MEA-MFT New Teacher ASSIST is a web-based guidebook for new teachers hired in Montana.

 

We hope you find New Teacher ASSIST to be useful and we welcome your comments and suggestions for future updates!

 

Good luck! (Our thanks to the North Carolina Association of Educators, the Florida Education Association, and the American Federation of Teachers ER&D Program for many of the materials included on this site.)

Welcome

MEA-MFT is pleased to welcome you to the profession of teaching. You are now part of a noble and proud Montana tradition of excellence in education. Part of our job at MEA-MFT is to help you carry on that tradition.

 

New Teacher ASSIST is our on-line guide help you face the demands and pressures of early career teaching.

 

Too often, Montana kids and schools lose good people like you because quite frankly, our profession doesn't always provide the support and attention you need to succeed in your career.

 

MEA-MFT is working to change that in many ways: by sponsoring mentoring programs; by conducting classroom management and other useful workshops at our annual Educators' Conference (held each October on the 3rd Thursday and Friday of the month); and by working to provide better salaries and working conditions for all Montana teachers.

 

The tips in this on-line guide come from veteran teachers and from research. In this, your first year of teaching, we encourage you to ask questions, be in touch, and let us know how we can help you become the very best you can be.

 

Finally, a disclaimer. The first year of teaching is difficult. Please don't ever assume that this simple guide or list of suggestions is the only help or advice you will need. Do not be afraid to talk to colleagues, ask for a mentor, request additional help, or simply lean on a friend to express frustration, confusion, fears, and failures. All teachers have felt the same, no matter how professional or effective they seem to be now.

 

As a union of professionals, it is our responsibility to mentor and assist our newest members. Please don't give up on yourself before asking for that assistance! Contact your local union leader any time.

Thank you for accepting the challenge of becoming a Montana teacher. We are pleased to call you a colleague. -- Eric Feaver, MEA-MFT President

 

The society that turns its back on its teachers has ceased to be a society. -- Former Governor Marc Racicot