N T A Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication bit.ly/NTAW17v25 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor ANGELA HERRMANN Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY Art Director CHUCK JARRELL Volume 25, No. 2 Five Core Values for New Teacher Success By Casey Creghan and Kathleen Adair Creghan NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI MAXINE BROWN HEATHER COWHERD RENEE FUNKE ROBERT GRIGGS JACQUELINE MANN LISA MURLEY ROBIN QUICK ADRIENNE REDDY GINA RILEY CHRISTINE ROSS STEPHANIE L. SCHAEFER SARA SPRUCE FIRST-YEAR TEACHERS During a recent interview process, our team hired a new first-year teacher for Fresh-man English. Jessica was creative, assertive, and did a wonderful job answering our questions in the interview. As she stood up to leave the interview, Jessica asked me, “What are the top five things I need to do to be successful in this school?” Jessica’s simple question formed the basis for some deep reflection. We met as a staff and worked together to determine the five tenets we believed would lead teachers to success with our students: • Commit to student success above anything else. How this commitment looks in our day-to-day work is often very difficult to pinpoint. For our students to be successful, we must move away from a “stand-and-deliver” model of teaching to incorporate creative, interactive teaching methodologies. Tip: Use cooperative learning strategies (bit. ly/2wD6cag). Strategies such as using technol-ogy as a tool and/or inquiry-based teaching (i.e., Project-Based Learning) keep your lessons and content fresh yet engaging for your students (bie. org/about/why_pbl). Do not hesitate to make your lessons interactive and memorable. • Take time to build positive, professional relationships with your students. Students do not want to learn from people they do not respect or like. Kiuru et al. (2015) suggested that “teacher and peer relations, and student academic skills are closely intertwined during the early school years” (p. 443). Tip: Let students see your flaws. Let them know you are caring and real. Take the time to get to know their unique personalities and strengths (bit. ly/2wKixVf). But use caution: Never let students doubt that you are a professional, well-trained teacher. If you fail at attempting to build a positive relationship with a student, it is critical to think about what may have gone awry and try again ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $14.00, members, per year, $25.00 for 2 years; $20.00, nonmembers, $35.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $7.00 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2017 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved.