The topic of my thesis is “The role of mentorship in teacher induction period”. I have chosen this topic because when I started to work two years ago I faced many challenges starting from classroom management to various bureaucratic tasks. The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of mentorship relationships in addressing the beginning teachers’ challenges in their induction period.
It is known that teaching is a challenging and complicated profession and the requirements can be overwhelming especially for beginning teachers. Novice teachers face many challenges in their inaugural period of work such as learning the organizational structure of the school, developing curricula, writing lesson plans, implementing effective classroom management, and working with different students and their parents.
New teachers often obtain employment in school organizations with stable curricula. This means that in addition to getting accustomed to the structure and rules of the school, many novice teachers must align the school’s curricula with what was previously learned at university when student teaching. The dilemma of learning and developing in a new teaching context is always a complicated period. Very often first year teachers are undergone achievements and frustrations, by discovering the lows and praising the highs of their professional experience. Finally, it could bring to potentially negative consequences by making them resign from their profession. As a result, one-third will leave the profession in the first three years and nearly half will be gone within their first five years in the profession.
Besides commonly known and organizational challenges and difficulties of adjusting school culture and regulations, beginning teachers now face the challenges of the absence or very little support from senior teachers. Sometimes senior teachers refer to the lack of time; however, this part of a job is usually free of charge. I do believe that the support from senior colleagues could have decreased the half of beginning teachers’ challenges.