MVP: Provide curricular support to new teachers
This is an education specific message, but I think it will translate to other professions.
I still remember my first few months as a new teacher. I taught physical education at Robert College of Istanbul (RC), an elite private school for kids from all over Turkey.
In my 20s and 30s, I was a very intense person. Sometimes my fire was so hot that it scorched people around me, people I cared about.
I arrived at RC a month before school started, and after some travel and a nice fight with a stomach bug, I began planning my teaching year.
I was disconcerted to find that there was no PE curriculum. As an elite academic institution, there was a “roll out the ball and play” mentality I could not accept.
I proceeded to build my own curriculum, so I knew what I would focus on teaching at each grade level for every sport we taught. Like I said, I was intense.
So how does this tie into leadership? Simple…
I SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO DO THAT!
Today in the states, most (not all) subjects have a defined curriculum, but if that curriculum is not organized and sequenced in a way that helps new teachers structure their year, then we are placing a substantial burden on new teachers.
Want to help your new teacher adjust, and maybe stay longer in the profession? Make sure they have enough curricular guidance that they don’t need to figure out what they are teaching each week. Provide flexibility, but within a framework.
Today’s intention: Specifically think about your new people – do they have the curricular supports they need?