The Myth of Superstar Novice Teacher
By Jennifer Smith, French teacher and building steward at Hialeah High School, co-chair of the UTD Legislative Relations Committee, and author of UTD's Blog "Professional Developments".
I came into teaching through the Miami Teaching Fellows in 2006, and I credited the program — a branch of Michelle Rhee’s national New Teacher Project — with helping me enter the classroom without having to go back to college to take a bunch of education classes (and spend a bunch of money). Still, I had the gnawing feeling that the program had a political agenda that my own experience in the classroom had taught me to disagree with strongly. So I had mixed feelings when I learned it had fallen to the mighty budget cut axe. Read More