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Book: From Trainee to Teacher

Chapter: 'The First Week is Like you are in a Swamp': Developing Awareness

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.25165


Chapter 4 outlines and discusses the initial transition shocks all three novice ESL teachers reported that they experienced from their very first day on the job and especially that they experienced no orientation or induction when they arrived. In addition the chapter reports that the novice teachers did not have any mentor appointed to them and they did not know who to go to for information or feedback in those first few weeks. The chapter then reports that because they realized they were on their own they began to become more aware of what they had to do in order to survive in their classroom and with their colleagues.

Chapter Contributors

  • Thomas Farrell ( - book-auth-418) 'Brock University'