“If you are new to the teaching field–or if you work alongside someone who is–then this book was written for you,” begins the introduction to the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) new online tome for beginning educators. Available free of charge on ED’s web site, “Become a Teacher: Survival Guide for New Teachers” features a number of resources for rookie educators, including reflections from fellow first-year teachers recruited to “talk candidly” about their experiences, “with a particular emphasis on the relationships they formed with their colleagues, university professors, and their students’ parents.” Readers will confront a whole host of issues currently affecting the modern classroom–from cultivating effective professional relationships to reaching difficult students. While the resource won’t teach young educators how to run their classrooms, it should help as they try to make the difficult transition from teacher to student. Says ED: “This book is one attempt to make the exchange of knowledge and support for new teachers an institutional practice–for the benefit of students and the communities they represent.”

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