With this fast-paced resource first-year teachers can quickly access more than one hundred seventy lists of the most essential and up-to-the minute information, tips, guidelines, and strategies that can to make their school days easier to manage.
This easy-to-use reference—with hundreds of helpful, classroom-tested answers, ideas, techniques, and teaching tools—will help you on your way to a successful and productive school year. Designed to be flexible, the book offers a choice of ideas and approaches that best fit your classroom situation. Julia Thompson shows you how to:
• Develop successful relationships with students, colleagues, administrators, and parents
• Manage professional responsibilities and develop career skills
• Create an orderly classroom where students are courteous and respectful
• Motivate students to become independent learners
• Use proven strategies to prevent misbehavior
• Design instruction that will appeal to every student
• Set up a classroom for maximum comfort and learning
• Thrive in the world of high-stakes testing
Table of Contents
SECTION ONE: BECOME A PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR.
Chapter 1: Professional Development Begins with You.
Chapter 2: Learn to Work with Other Educators.
Chapter 3: Create a Link between Home and School.
SECTION TWO: CREATE A POSITIVE CLASS CULTURE.
Chapter 4: Make Your Classroom a Productive Learning Environment.
Chapter 5: Forge Positive Relationships with Students.
Chapter 6: Create Opportunities for Student Success.
Chapter 7: Take a Proactive Stance to Prevent Misbehavior.
Chapter 8: Minimize Disruptions Caused by Misbehavior.
SECTION THREE: BE A DYNAMIC TEACHER.
Chapter 9: Plan Effective Instruction.
Chapter 10: Deliver Effective Instruction.
Chapter 11: Assess Your Students' Progress.
SECTION FOUR: LOOK TO THE FUTURE.
Chapter 12: Twenty-first Century Issues for All Teachers.
SECTION FIVE: RESOURCES.
Professional Organizations for Teachers.
Books to Help You Connect with Your Students.
Books to Help Students with Special Needs.
Online Resources to Help Students with Special Needs.
Books to Help You Improve Student Literacy.
Online Resources to Help with Literacy.
Books to Help You with Classroom Management and Discipline.
Online Resources for Classroom Management and Discipline.
Books to Help You Become a Better Teacher.
Books to Help You Create Engaging Instruction.
Online Resources for Lesson Plan, Teaching Ideas, and Instructional Materials.
Books to Help You Work Well with Others.
Books to Help You with Time Management and Organization.
Online Resources for Time Management, Professionalism, and Workplace Skills.
Online Resources for Classroom Arrangement and Decoration.
Online Resources for Assessment.
1 - 3 How to Take Charge of Your Career
• Professional growth does not happen by chance. Take charge by developing a personal plan to improve your teaching skills.
• Although you will almost certainly be assigned an official mentor, other teachers can also serve as role models. Look to them for support, inspiration, and advice.
• In addition to teachers in your building, form relationships with colleagues outside your school. Professional organizations and online educational forums are good places to begin building a
• Set career goals for yourself, and work to achieve them.
• Read materials that will keep you informed about current issues, trends, and techniques.
• Learn what the No Child Left Behind Act requires of all teachers.
• Join professional organizations related to your teaching assignment.
• Try to attend a conference sponsored by a professional
• Take advantage of professional development opportunities such as workshops, webinars, online courses, and seminars offered by your school district.
• Keep a professional portfolio so that you will be able to measure your own growth as a teacher as the year progresses.
• Try to observe other teachers as often as you can. Ask them to observe you and offer their insights about your teaching performance.
• Make a plan to manage your stress levels so that you can avoid burnout.
Investigate the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Many school districts now assist teachers who enroll in this program.