In Missouri, first year teachers are assigned a mentor. This person helps the new teacher with school procedures and protocol, gives advice about classroom management and answers questions. I hope that it works like that in every state. If you are the only music teacher in your building, you may be paired with a classroom teacher rather than a specialist. If so or if you are not in a state that supports a new teacher mentoring program, seek out a mentor.
- -Contact your state music educator's organization and see if they offer a mentoring program.
- Seek out online opportunities like joining the Music Teachers Facebook group.
- -Check out Plank Road Publishing's music teacher discussion list. It is like sitting in the world's greatest music teacher lounge! Music education rock stars are on the list as well as thousands of music teachers around the world.
- -Connect with me on social media. I'd be more than happy to help you out if I can!
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