Classroom Confidential: The 12 Secrets of Great Teachers / Edition 1

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Overview

Laurel Schmidt's gone on assignment, interviewing master educators, observing their classrooms, and uncovering the twelve secrets that all stand-out teachers share. The result, Classroom Confidential, is the ultimate paperback mentor for novices and veterans alike, an across-the-curriculum guidebook with the scoop on how best practices can make you a great teacher.

Brimming with practical instructional strategies, tips on classroom management, and hundreds of leads on teaching resources, all in a read-it-today-do-it-tomorrow format, Classroom Confidential dishes the goods on every aspect of successful teaching, including:

  • using multiple intelligences to master content standards
  • authentic reading and writing activities
  • inquiry-based instruction
  • teaching for social justice
  • reaching special-needs students
  • community as classroom
  • hands-on social studies projects
  • integrating the arts into academics.
Schmidt gives you everything you need to double or triple your instructional capabilities, including a step-by-step plan to improve parent-teacher communication, guidelines for avoiding burnout, and a do-it-yourself kit for creating a culture of success in your classroom.

Go behind closed doors and into the minds of outstanding educators to discover why the inside story about their success is so important to yours. Read Classroom Confidential and be in the know about what makes a great teacher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006604
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 9/8/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,219,181
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurel Schmidt is the author of three Heiemann titles: Social Studies That Sticks (2007), Classroom Confidential (2004), and Gardening in the Minefield: A Survival Guide for School Administrators (2002). Laurel has worked for thirty years in education as a teacher, principal, curriculum development specialist, consultant, lecturer, and writer. Currently she is the Director of Pupil Services for the Santa Monica-Malibu School District and an adjunct professor at Antioch University. She is also the author of Seven Times Smarter: 50 Ways to Develop the Multiple Intelligences in Your Child (Three Rivers Press, 2001). You can email Laurel at schmidtl@smmusd.org and visit her website at www.laurelschmidt.com.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Secret #1: Great Teachers Are Equal Opportunists

Capitalizing on How Kids Learn

Secret #2: Great Teachers Are Power Brokers

Building a Culture of Eptness

Secret #3: Great Teachers Are Ringmasters

Nurturing Free-Range Students in a High-Stakes World

Secret #4: Great Teachers Are Curiosity Seekers

Fostering Success in Multicultural Classrooms

Secret #5: Great Teachers Don't Take No (or Yes) for an Answer

Teaching by Asking Instead of Telling

Secret #6: Great Teachers Know a Hemingway When They See One

Getting to the Heart of Writing

Secret #7: Great Teachers Are Escape Artists

Exploring the World Beyond

Secret #8: Great Teachers Are Gossipmongers

Putting the Social Back in Social Studies

Secret #9: Great Teachers Are Drama Queens

Using the Arts as a Second Language

Secret #10: Great Teachers Are Insurrectionists

Learning Through Social Action

Secret #11: Great Teachers Speak in Tongues

Mastering Communication in the Information Age

Secret #12: Great Teachers Are Lifelong Learners

Reaching, Recharging, and Moving On

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