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The First-Year Teacher's Checklist

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