Chapter 1: Issues for the new professional

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Section 4. Phases of teacher attitudes

The graph below illustrates another important feature about working in education.

Phases of First Year Teaching: Attitudes Toward Teaching

Copyright 1988, Austin Educational Associates

There is a pattern to the school year and our reactions to it. This pattern is true not only for new professionals but for experienced ones as well. The experienced professional, however, knows (from experience!) what to expect and that the period of disillusionment will pass.