Everyday urban educators work under greater bureaucratic constraints; they teach more students a day, and do so while lacking basic materials. At the same time their students often bring into the classroom the social problems that plague their inner city communities. New teachers in urban schools leave within the first five years. Often more than not they are frustrated and burned out. First Aid For First Year Teachers offer practical tips on how to engage, empower, and guide young people on a path to success in a global society. This book is geared towards new and seasoned educators who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and youth.
I wanted to do it all; I was going to be the heroine in the story about the teacher who saved all the inner- city children. I was going to be the best teacher no matter what. I would do anything and everything for every last one of my students. I was going to work night and day and stay late at school because I thought that would make me a better teacher. Who cares if I had a thyroid disorder or didn’t take care of my health, my job was important and required me to be the best. That was the attitude I had during my first few months on the job. I was neglecting myself and headed towards disaster. It was not until Christmas vacation that I realized I was tired. I mean really tired. I wasn’t enthused about the holiday season, I just wanted to lie in my bed, pull the pillow over my head and stay there. Classroom management, lesson planning, parent meeting, staff development and all the other tasks of a new teacher can be overwhelming. You want to cry, scream, lash out or down- right quit. You may find yourself at a point of no return, a point where you are no good to yourself or the people around you. Don’t Give Up! I will teach you how to avoid burning out.
Fatima McCarter Scipio is the CEO of McCarter & Scipio Consulting ( formerly Youth Transformation Group ), an organization committed to empowering and training educators and youth serving organizations, to transform young people to use their talents to maximize the most out of their lives. She earned her B.A. degree in Sociology from Virginia State University and Master of Science in Urban Affairs from Hunter College in New York City. With over a decade of experience in education and human service organizations, Ms. McCarter has remained active in her career, through trainings, management, youth and organizational development. For information about First Aid for First Year Teachers (A Practical Guide for Urban Educators) Lunch and Learn series please call 888.354.5774 or visit www.fatimascipio.com