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First Year Teachers

The first year of teaching is a tough job. Everything is new — the students you're responsible for; the school's procedures; your relationship with fellow teachers, administrators, and parents; what you plan to do and teach each day; your classroom management and teaching style; and much more.

Not surprisingly, new teachers who don't receive adequate support often become dissatisfied and end up quitting. Nationally, 22 percent of all new teachers leave the profession in the first three years. In Los Angeles and other areas, the statistic is more than 50 percent. This is an unfortunate situation not only for teacher retainment but also for student achievement.

The following are a few resources that may help new teachers navigate their first year:

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