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Middle school, the formative years in which students reach puberty and start the massive, life changing alterations that will determine who they are, is one of the hardest times for any new teacher to start their career. Problem students can become harder to deal with and those who are not prepared often don t make it through their first year without a little help. This book has been written to help every teacher who is dreading rather than looking forward to that first day in ...
Middle school, the formative years in which students reach puberty and start the massive, life changing alterations that will determine who they are, is one of the hardest times for any new teacher to start their career. Problem students can become harder to deal with and those who are not prepared often don t make it through their first year without a little help. This book has been written to help every teacher who is dreading rather than looking forward to that first day in front of their new classes.
This heavily researched, detailed book will help first-year middle school teachers learn how to deal with supplies, planning, parents, overcrowded classrooms, the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, piles of paperwork, money shortages due to budget cuts, negativity from pubescent students and other staff members, at-risk students, students who are capable but choose not to work, and special needs students. You will learn how to ask principals and administrators for help, how to memorize names quickly, how to create seating charts, how to write lesson plans, how to follow a daily routine, how to help struggling readers, how to gain respect, how to get a mentor, how to develop and implement a grading system, how to discipline students who feel they are more mature than they are, how to create assessments, how to find free things for teachers, and how to build your confidence. The most important thing of all, you will learn how to deal with the rapidly changing emotions and hormones of new teenagers and middle school age students.
In addition, you will read about where to go for support, the reality of spending your own money on classroom supplies, mandated tests, technology solutions, and behavior management skills. We spent countless hours interviewing second year middle school teachers, as well as veteran teachers, and have gathered and presented their advice for how to deal with the first year in teaching at a middle school. With this book in hand, you will not only survive you will feel empowered to go on after your first year and become a powerful motivating force for scores of young people for years to come.
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Posted August 19, 2012
M.E. Griffith and Anne Kocsis’ book opens the toolkit. It takes you
aside. The authors say, “Step aside from day-dreaming about changing
lives. Let’s look at what will take you there.” The book presents
information for every kind of teacher. Whether you work in a school
district with a small budget, a wealthier district, or you are fresh out
of college, the reader can pick up tips of how to: establish a strong
team of co-workers, decorate your classroom, handle technology and
students. The concept of teamwork extends beyond what you teach middle
school students. You practice teamwork yourself. The book maps out your
go-to people such as the media specialist, nurse, or bookkeeper. How to
Be Successful explains why you need a team of teachers and school staff.
Kocsis and Griffith offer information from how politics in a school
district work to the person you contact to show how to use the SMART
board and in other districts, the projector. With this book, you step
outside the college curriculum for education or refresh ideas of
teaching middle school. The book is easy to read, offers examples and
case studies, provides good sources, and would make an interesting book
for a college education course.
Posted August 16, 2012
How to Be Successful in your First Year of Teaching Middle School is a
vital tool that could enrich any teacher’s professional-development
library. The book’s authors are highly experienced, and communicate
their knowledge very well throughout the text. In particular, the book
shines by providing a vivid glimpse of the reality of the teaching
profession. The chapter on building networking relationships at school
proves both interesting and highly valuable for new and veteran teachers
alike. There is also a wonderful appendix included at the end of the
book that provides sample cover letters, resumes, and worksheet
templates that would make any teacher’s job more effective. Where the
book lacks is in its creativity. This book provides a solid basis for
entrance into the field of education, but will leave readers with little
in the way of creative application of state imposed academic standards
in the classroom.