PART I: Becoming a Teacher
1. Getting Hired
A. The Application
B. The Interview
C. The Prospects
2. Navigating the Education System
A. The Chain of Command
PART II: The Teaching Process
3. Getting Started: The First Year
A. The Month Before
B. The First Day
C. The First Month
D. Also in Your First Year
4. Planning and Organizing
A. Planning to Teach
B. The Planning Process
C. Teaching Materials
D. Preparation: A Means to Effective Teaching
5. Managing Your Classroom
A. Designing Your Classroom Management Plan
B. Your Plan
C. Commercial Behavior Management Plan
6. Teaching for Success: Methods and Models
A. How Do I Teach?
B. The Method
7. The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching: Instructional Activities
A. How will I Succeed at Teaching?
B. How to Teach the Multi Ability Classroom?
C. Final Words on Instruction
8. Assessing and Grading
A. What is Assessment?
B. Traditional Assessment
C. Authentic Assessment
D. Testing and Teaching
F. Making Daily Notations
G. Records and Parents
PART III: Becoming an Effective Teacher
9. Knowing Your Students
A. Who are they?
B. Where are They Developmentally?
C. From the Perspective of the Student
10. Adapting for Special Needs and Diversity
A. What is Diversity?
B. The Diverse Classroom
C. Strategies for the Multicultural Classroom
D. Children with Special Needs
E. Statistics & Data That Inform Us On Diversity
11. Involving Family and Community
A. What is Parental Involvement?
B. Parental Communication
PART IV: Growing in Your Profession
12. Working with Your Colleagues and Support Staff
B. The Instructional and Support Faculty
C. The Professional Support Staff
D. The Non-Instructional Staff
E. The Union
13. Growing Professionally and Maintaining Personally
A. Professional Development
B. Your Portfolio
C. Going for the Masters or the Job?
D. The Job, You, and the Family
E. Find a Mentor
F. Your Family
G. Reflecting on Year One
A. Sample Lesson Plan
B. Sample Unit Plan
C. Sample Letters to Parents
D. End-of-Year Reflection
E. Job Outlook by Discipline and Geographic Location
F. State-by-State Teacher Certification Requirements Contact Information
G. Books and Journals for Educators
H. Education Statistics (Fast Facts)