The Teaching Mirror
Lessons Learned as a First-Year Teacher
by Victor Z. Stanhope
Debut author and multi-year teacher, Victor Stanhope, introduces us to his book, “The Teaching Mirror”:
An Introspective and Honest Analysis of a Teacher’s First Year’s Experiences.
One out of every ten first-year teachers leave the profession after that frightful first year – and author Victor Z. Stanhope knows why. Despite the expansive list of books and resources geared towards helping first-year teachers, none of them illuminate the realities of the first-year teaching experience. THE TEACHING MIRROR: LESSONS LEARNED AS A FIRST-YEAR TEACHER is the first book to explore a first-year teacher’s experience through analyzing journal entries written before and throughout the school year. This book synthesizes the author’s journal entries and experience into lessons for first-year teachers to help them better cope with their upcoming or current life as a new teacher.
This book is very helpful for new teachers in that it:
•Provides incoming first-year teachers with an honest and practical perspective of the experience.
•Connects with and addresses first-year teachers’ emotions and worries.
•Offers applied tips and exemplifies their effectiveness.
•Illustrates the author’s failures, remedies, successes, and learned lessons.
Victor Stanhope (a pen name) has provided an insightful look at the work-life a first-year teacher might well expect to experience. While student-teaching and interning might ease the shock of the transition from the cocoon of academia to the harsh reality of beginning a teaching career, there is no denying the shock of the new experience in the best of situations.
Victor’s story is very candid and quite engaging, I really enjoyed his story-telling style. His descriptions of his failures and successes make a great difference in the entertaining nature of his book. There are a lot of good lessons that can be applied in other situations in life. I greatly appreciate his willingness to share what worked and what didn’t. Much of life is experimenting to determine what will bring the desired results and what won’t.
I award a score of 4.8 stars to “The Teaching Mirror”.
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Tags: teaching, education, memoir, biography
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