Here’s an interesting twist: Teacher-author Roxanna Elden offers advice to veteran teachers on what not to say to new teachers who come to them looking for help. The general themes, in my reading, are to be specific and to avoid sounding condescending.
Elden also notes that this time of year, when the realities of the work and the pressure are setting in, is often one of the most difficult for new teachers. In that connection, Happy Chyk (for one) is concerned signs of strain she has noticed among her colleagues—especially after hearing about the suicide of a teacher in her district.
Might be a good time to reach out to colleagues who appear to be struggling. And if you are feeling overwhelmed, please ask for help.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.