International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Recruiting and Mentoring Mathematics Teachers
Carol Curtis

The attrition of our nation’s teachers is an ongoing problem. In particular, widespread mathematics teacher staffing problems continue to exist. This article examines recruitment methods that attempt to improve the supply of teachers and mentoring programs that attempt to retain classroom teachers. A recent nationwide study of 1571 middle school and high school mathematics teachers reports a significant relationship between mathematics teachers who have participated in an induction or mentoring program and the decision to remain in the teaching profession. Recommendations from teachers in the field support the use of on campus mentors to provide continuous and consistent support for new teachers.

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