Letters to a New Teacher: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Year Ahead / Edition 1
  • Letters to a New Teacher: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Year Ahead / Edition 1
  • Letters to a New Teacher: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Year Ahead / Edition 1

Letters to a New Teacher: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Year Ahead / Edition 1

by Jim Burke, Joy Krajicek
     
 

    Joy's questions and Jim's responses evoke in us an appreciation for what it means to do the work called teaching with the "living intensity of soul." May such soulful teaching flourish among us: here is a book that can help it be so.
    - Parker Palmer and Sam Intrator
Every new teacher needs a mentor, someone smart, experienced, compassionate,See more details below

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    Joy's questions and Jim's responses evoke in us an appreciation for what it means to do the work called teaching with the "living intensity of soul." May such soulful teaching flourish among us: here is a book that can help it be so.
    - Parker Palmer and Sam Intrator
Every new teacher needs a mentor, someone smart, experienced, compassionate, and reliable to give advice, share strategies, and lend a supportive ear. What if every new English teacher could have one the nation's most-recognized master teachers as their mentor?

Now they can.

Letters to a New Teacher is the chance of a professional lifetime, an opportunity to read the letters and emails Jim Burke exchanged with novice teacher Joy Krajicek - letters in which Jim opens his practice, his mind, and his heart to guide Joy through her first year in the classroom. Jim fields the whole gamut of questions - from typical classroom-management matters to challenging instructional situations to sensitive topics like the boundaries of student-teacher relationships. His answers open the classroom experience up for novices to understand how to organize their space and time, how to plan instruction yet maintain flexibility, how to communicate effectively with the two-hundred personalities they encounter each day, and how to maintain professionalism under pressure.

As gentle, humorous, and supportive as they are practical, Jim's responses to Joy's questions are immediately useful and are presented in chronological order. From August through June, you'll watch as her questions become increasingly complex and see how Jim's answers build upon one another to create a considered, consistent, and disciplined way of thinking about the teaching of English.

Start a your career the right way. Read Letters to a New Teacher and put the thoughts of a master mentor to work in your classroom. Or give Letters to a New Teacher to a novice so they can discover a wellspring of ideas, a source for emotional sustenance, and a buoy for their spirits during difficult moments.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325009230
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/13/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
738,582
Product dimensions:
9.04(w) x 5.72(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction : living the questions1
1Managing a class of thirty-five4
2Creating a teaching unit9
3Handling pressure13
Interlude 1 : a difficult student19
4Challenging all students and meeting their challenges21
5Knowing that you make a difference29
6Approaches to teaching writing37
Interlude 2 : getting discouraged ...46
7Engaging students and competing for their attention48
8Poetry for teachers and students54
Interlude 3 : absences and substitutes61
9What works and why?64
10Different types of teacher personalities71
11Professional reading78
12Harnessing self-doubt84
13Learning the most from each semester's experiences90
14Managing your time96
Interlude 4 : working to improve103
15The teacher's power110
Interlude 5 : sexual abuse114
16Boundaries115
17The teacher's role during a classroom crisis121
18Student suicide125
19Teacher/parent relationships131
Interlude 6 : juggling the demands of teaching and living146
20Open house147
Interlude 7 : applying for a new teaching job152
Interlude 8 : testing season154
21End-of-year challenges and expectations157
22Doing it all, especially with a family163
Dear Joy : a final letter173
Dear Jim : a final letter175

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