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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.
|Introduction : living the questions||1|
|1||Managing a class of thirty-five||4|
|2||Creating a teaching unit||9|
|Interlude 1 : a difficult student||19|
|4||Challenging all students and meeting their challenges||21|
|5||Knowing that you make a difference||29|
|6||Approaches to teaching writing||37|
|Interlude 2 : getting discouraged ...||46|
|7||Engaging students and competing for their attention||48|
|8||Poetry for teachers and students||54|
|Interlude 3 : absences and substitutes||61|
|9||What works and why?||64|
|10||Different types of teacher personalities||71|
|13||Learning the most from each semester's experiences||90|
|14||Managing your time||96|
|Interlude 4 : working to improve||103|
|15||The teacher's power||110|
|Interlude 5 : sexual abuse||114|
|17||The teacher's role during a classroom crisis||121|
|Interlude 6 : juggling the demands of teaching and living||146|
|Interlude 7 : applying for a new teaching job||152|
|Interlude 8 : testing season||154|
|21||End-of-year challenges and expectations||157|
|22||Doing it all, especially with a family||163|
|Dear Joy : a final letter||173|
|Dear Jim : a final letter||175|