actual work of teaching, but the reduced
schedule would honor the fact that
they’re still students of the profession.
Although early-career teachers crave
time with experts, they like to have an
authority figure, such as their principal
or college professor, mandate such
interaction. Teacher educators could,
for example, ask precertified novices to
work with experienced colleagues or to
reflect on their teaching. New teachers
would have time to not only learn about
pedagogy in their coursework, but also
directly apply it to their teaching and
collaborate with colleagues.
It’s Our Responsibility
The responses of these precertified new
teachers indicate that some candidates
who enter alternative certification
programs realize what they’re missing
once they actually start teaching. By
that point, it’s not feasible to pull out
of one route and start another. If most
alternative routes to the classroom
bypass the very things alternatively cer-
tified novices want, it behooves those
who work with novices—and those
structuring alternative programs—to
think about how to approximate the
more traditional experiences these can-
didates would find helpful. This is par-
ticularly important for school districts
that hire many such teachers.
Jennifer Locraft Cuddapah is assistant
professor of education and secondary
education coordinator at Hood College
in Frederick, Maryland; cuddapah@hood
.edu. Anika Spratley Burtin is assistant
professor of teacher preparation at the
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore
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