Roxanna Elden, NBCT

Roxanna Elden taught for eleven years in various subjects and grade levels. She attained National Board Certification in Secondary Language Arts and wrote See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers, a funny, honest, practical guide with insights from experienced teachers around the country. Each year, her books and speeches help thousands of new teachers make the transition from training to the classroom. 

The Disillusionment Phase Hits Mentor Teachers, Too

November 8, 2016

National Board Certified Teachers seem to have the mentoring gene built into their DNA. NBCTs often serve in both formal and informal mentoring roles for those new to the profession – which means you already know what season it is. The New Teacher Center calls the weeks between mid-October and Thanksgiving break the Disillusionment Phase. This is the time when new teachers tend to hit their low points. The hours of lost sleep have added up. Rookies are feeling the bumps along the rough road of trial-and-error. And then the kids get Halloween candy. Rookies with good mentor teachers are…

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