Chapter 3: Determining the level of support needed by the new professional

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Section 4. Asking questions to determine the level of concern

Often times it is a matter of asking the right questions to get at the new professional's concerns.  

Here's a laundry list of phrases and questions - use those parts of or whole questions which seem most comfortable to you.

  • How's it going for you in the classroom?
  • I'm interested in anything you'll share with me about your teaching.
  • How do you feel about it?
  • Are you having any problems or concerns related to your teaching?
  • What do you think of it?
  • How does it affect you and others your are involved with?
  • Anything you question or wonder about?
  • Your reaction to how it's going so far.
  • Your attitude toward the students.
  • Do you have any reservations about your teaching?
  • Is there any information you would like?

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