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My First Year in the Classroom: 50 Stories That Celebrate the Good, the Bad, and the Most Unforgettable Moments
     

My First Year in the Classroom: 50 Stories That Celebrate the Good, the Bad, and the Most Unforgettable Moments

by Stephen D Rogers
 

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“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
—Lao Tzu

But is the teacher ready? That’s the question that haunts every teacher that fateful first day in the classroom. Making it through that day and the 179 school days that follow is how every career in education—and lifelong learning—truly begins. In this collection,

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“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
—Lao Tzu

But is the teacher ready? That’s the question that haunts every teacher that fateful first day in the classroom. Making it through that day and the 179 school days that follow is how every career in education—and lifelong learning—truly begins. In this collection, fifty teachers share the trials, tribulations, and triumphs they’ve experienced during their first year on the job. Organized along the lines of the school calendar, these touching tales illustrate the learning curve experienced by new teachers:

  • Facing Day One
  • Meeting the Students
  • Surprising the Students
  • Bonding with Faculty and Staff
  • Being Surprised by the Students
  • Watching the Students Bloom
  • Saying Farewell

From the hilariously obsessive-compulsive preparation of a rookie English professor to the poignant lesson a bold third grader imparts upon his novice teacher about love and acceptance, this moving collection is sure to motivate new and veteran teachers alike.

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Children's Literature - Gwynne Spencer
There has to be a first time for everything, and most new classroom teachers gladly share their terror and delight with people who are willing to listen to their "first day of school" tales, In this cute little collection, teachers from all walks (preschool, elementary, middle, high school, and college) share their memorable recollections of crossing the threshold into the extraordinary world of teaching. Notably absent in all these tales is the notion inculcated in many new teachers that teaching is a profession accountable to its clients; the insights and reflective essays are stories of how teachers start to learn the craft of classroom survival, by telling each other how things went. Not by lecture about classroom management or lesson plans or organizational strategies gleaned from motivational seminars and day timers. It is a refreshing little book that probably ought to be issued by every state department of education when they send out new teacher certificates. While there are not any cinematic episodes in these stories of quiet dedication, there are moments of hilarity and despair that we all can identify with. This would make a nice "teacher present" to welcome a new member to the staff. Reviewer: Gwynne Spencer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605506548
Publisher:
Adams Media
Publication date:
08/18/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
716,881
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Stephen D. Rogers (Buzzards Bay, MA) has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels. He has also taught continuing education and online courses to adults, as well as the workshops offered by the nonprofit organization Literature Is for Everybody, Inc. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Chicken Soup for a Grandma’s Soul, A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Songs, and My Teacher Is My Hero.

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