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Practical insights and strategies, backed by years of experience and research, help you establish your professional identity, build your own support team, connect with students, and grow in your career.


In retrospect, I was one of the lucky ones. I did my student teaching and first-year internship at two tough inner-city schools, the professional equivalent of learning to swim by jumping off a ship a mile from shore. As solid as my teacher training classes had been, I discovered a number of gaping holes in my preparation once I was actually facing my students for the first time. At the very least, I was surprised to discover that the majority of my students were not easily engaged, self-managing, traditional learners who wanted to be there and who wanted to learn—the very students I had been trained to teach. So much of what I had learned prior to my work with real live students wasn't ...

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