By Mary Ellen Flannery
Do you recall your very first day in the classroom? Chances are, it was "sink or swim" and you felt lucky to make it through the day without collapsing. Captaining their classrooms alone, not knowing where to steer for help, too many new teachers twist in the rough waters of classroom management, or get lost in murky evaluation systems. How can we assist new teachers in becoming highly-effective educators? Professional support, such as mentoring, is the key.