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​​​​​​​From Classroom to Classroom​ - Online Seminar - April-May 2018​​​​​

Session 1:

Becoming a Teacher

 Prof. Zipora Libman 
 Monday, April 23ʳᵈ, 2018
 09:00-10:30 p.m. Israel time (for other time zones, click here​​).​ ​


40 years ago I said that being a new teacher was like being Robinson Crusoe, marooned on an island and facing challenges of survival. The truth is that it is still like that for some teachers, but less so than it once was. Some teachers often feel that they're crashing, and sometimes they really are.

As a student-teacher, you are in a hub – surrounded by mentors, and "playing" in a protected setting. Becoming a new teacher means moving out of your comfort zone. You are required to take control over complex and challenging situations and perform successfully, or at least optimally, on your own.

Therefore, it is important for beginning teachers to have systematic guidance in the first year. Having steady support and coaching ensure that someone experienced is there during critical moments for the beginning teacher's first year. This support is for fine-tuning skills and problem solving regarding professional issues as well as personal ones.

This session will focus on the importance of two main aspects regarding the success of the beginning teacher: a) implementing professional development or peer assistance for new teachers; and b) establishing a personal learning attitude that will enable listening to yourself.  

Prof. Zipora Libman ​

Prof. Zipora Libman is the President of the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Her research interests lie in the area of assessment and research methodology, ranging from theory to design in education.

In the past, Prof. Libman served as a member of the Israeli Council for Higher Education, providing expertise on teacher training and on issues relating to policy and quality assurance in higher education.

Prof. Libman serves as a reviewer for several periodicals including Studies in Educational Evaluation and International Review of Education.