Teaching is an ongoing learning process. Where do you begin? This newly revised and updated edition sheds light on what your first years are all about. Key actions steps and a flexible twelve-month curriculum - including July for reflection and planning - keeps you proactively prepared for the classroom. Use this book to collaborate more effectively with your mentor who may be using the companion text Mentoring in Action. Includes a planning section, affirmations, and activities to help you master classroom management, instruction, assessment, goal setting, and more. Whether you're a first-year teacher or entering your second or third year, you'll learn to mindfully align mentoring to your state or district evaluation standards; integrate student voice to build a community of learners; prepare for teacher observations and standardized testing; apply mentoring lessons to differentiate instruction; develop leadership opportunities; and gather evidence to document your progress. This updated version includes convenient QR codes and a robust companion website featuring videos, downloadable forms, and a journal for reflection. Start your teaching journey off right. Use this empowering book to become a competent and confident teacher!