The indepth interview research phase of my disseration is now complete. The next stages involve analysis and writing up the results. The goal is to defend in March 2009.
Topic: Youngest teachers. What do they experience working in public schools today? How do our youngest teachers (under age 28) describe their work? Do they plan to remain in the classroom? In the profession? What can we, as school leaders, learn from them?
It is all so fascinating. Their experiences are so different yet so similar to mine over 20 years ago, yet now we have so much more knowledge about what works for teacher and kids. My interview participants are wonderful young teachers; they are smart, funny, honest and articulate. I am so grateful to them and for the precious time they gave me.