The New Teacher Center is a national non-profit which works on mentoring and training teachers at the beginning of their careers. The organization got its start in Santa Cruz, California in 1988, and within a couple of years, its founder Ellen Moir started to notice some patterns in how teachers developed. “Teachers move through several phases from anticipation, to survival, to disillusionment, to rejuvenation, to reflection; then back to anticipation,” Moir wrote in 1990. She made the above (admittedly impressionistic) chart to illustrate the process.
Hat-tip to Brian Pick and Kaya Henderson. Click “Know More” for more of Moir’s thoughts on beginning teaching, based on the actual experience of novice teachers. The chart and article are a little old, but the takeaway is timeless.