By: Josh Beavers
Teaching is a difficult profession. Whether you are a new education graduate or teaching as a second career, the classroom is vastly different from other occupational arenas. That’s why Webster Parish gives support and extra training to new teachers who are getting ready to step into the classroom for the first time.
Last week, Becki Brown (who serves as Webster Parish’s Instructional Facilitator) as well as Parish Content Coach Lucia Wood, hosted more than 20 first and second year teachers at the Harper Center for Excellence in Minden. On the agenda were helpful strategies on classroom management and creating a safe and structured learning environment to encourage security and communication and comfort as students learn.
Bonding with students and earning trust is important for teachers in order to reach pupils and help them grow. That’s why Brown said it is vital for the district to support all teachers but especially new ones who have never stepped into a classroom.
Covid prevented last year’s traditional New Teacher Bootcamp held every summer. So even though several of the attendees last week were entering their second year, the district felt it vital to continue giving those teachers support.
“First year is always the toughest,” Brown told the teachers. “So I want to congratulate you for making it through not only your first year but also doing so during an unprecedented time [due to Covid].”
Brown, Wood (who have a combined more than 60 years of educational experience between them) and other instructional personnel will spend the rest of the summer meeting with teachers and aiding them as Webster Parish prepares for the 2021-2022 school year which kicks off in August.
Photo: Tiffany Trent of Doyline High School tosses a beach ball to fellow first and second year teachers during a bonding exercise at the New Teacher Bootcamp held last week at the Harper Center for Excellence in Minden.