New Teacher's Handbook: Practical Strategies and Techniques for Success in the Classroom From Kindergarten Through High School / Edition 1

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Overview


Tailored for novice teachers of kindergarteners through high schoolers, this handbook explores the most common challenges inexperienced teachers face and offers techniques to overcome them successfully. While practical topics such as classroom organization, student discipline, and lesson plans are addressed, the often unmentioned realm of the politics of teaching is also discussed, with advice on how to deal effectively with administrators and parents. Bullet points, sidebars, helpful hints, appendixes, and frequently asked questions are included, making this resource instructional as well as motivational.
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"Indispensable. Exactly the kind of information new teachers need and want to know."  —Baltimore Teacher's Association

"Truly addresses new teacher attitudes and orientations along with the nuts and bolts of starting up a career in teaching."  —Dr. Wayne Trainor, College of Education & Behavioral Sciences–University of Northern Colorado

Baltimore Teacher's Association
Indispensable. Exactly the kind of information new teachers need and want to know.
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Exactly the kind of information new teachers need and want to know . . . indispensable.
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Written by a teacher with 30 years experience teaching at all levels, this book is designed to help the new teacher plan a positive program of action as a professional instead of reacting to the school climate he or she may encounter. There are eleven chapters of advice including ones about preparation, observing, organizing, planning, teaching, behavior, communicating and documenting. Each chapter is organized around a case study followed by the steps to take to best handle each subject matter, whether it be teaching, behavior or communicating. There are boxes of 'sound advice' throughout as well as an index containing seating charts, lists of activities for transitions, and examples of charts and checklists to make life easier. There are tons of good suggestions to help inexperienced teachers, and the emphasis on planning, writing things down and being adaptable are probably the most valuable. The absence of any discussion of one's philosophy of how children learn is regrettable. Teacher education candidates spend the first two years of their education learning various philosophies and while one's beliefs may change over the years, teachers should have in their minds some idea of their own beliefs which should drive many of the decisions they make about room arrangement, lesson planning, assessment, etc. Otherwise, you become victim to every educational whim that the textbook, curriculum makers and politicians create. The idea of teaching as 'imparting knowledge' is a bit passé, too. However, there is plenty of information that makes this book worthwhile. 2003, Nomad Press,
— Meredith Kiger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965925822
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 537,489
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Yvonne Bender is a retired teacher with 30 years of experience teaching in Baltimore public schools. She is the author of A Parent’s Guide to Child Control or Who’s Boss Here, Anyway? She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2003

    FINALLY a book that's REAL!

    FINALLY! Here is a book I can only hope will allow new teachers to remain in the field without constantly asking, 'Why don't they teach the realities of teaching in College?' or 'Why didn't my college coursework and training include real life and not one in a PERFECT WORLD?' After completing the four years of college in order to take that first step into one's own classroom, it is so frustrating and defeating to realize that the picture painted in the job preparation is actually one of an idealistic and fictional world full of sunshine and rainbows of satisfaction. This book should be a required text for all student teachers beginning their experience in the classroom. If only this book had been written 28 years ago when my career began! It certainly could have helped me to avoid some of the hard knocks of the realities of experience. One of the topics included in this book is the unspoken politics of the professional undefined hierarchy within the school, which I've never before seen addressed. The advice suggested for newcomers into the field can definitely allow for more positive personal relations and a less fearful, self-doubting or threatening working environment. This book contains answers and suggested solutions to so many real problem situations within the classroom setting as well as in the whole school environment. Most teachers don't even realize they are not yet asking themselves the right questions when self assessing their reasons for the stress and anxieties they feel as they prepare to go to school each day. By the time one even recognizes and accepts that physical problems may exist as a result of the emotional traumas and strains of the job, the solutions are too far out of their energy level to attain. I have witnessed this situation countless times and it is often too late for the pieces to be put back together as one goes down for the third time......with defeat and resignation in hand. If only The New Teacher¿s Handbook had been available to the hundreds of excellent and qualified professionals who chose to leave the profession because they felt they had no way to find solutions and alternative strategies and practices to deal with the challenges, troubles, stress and unspoken negatives of the profession. Thank you, Yvonne Bender, for possibly saving the profession of so many new teachers who are just about to step over that glorified idealistic threshold into the den of reality. With your book as a resource and hopefully the advice and expertise of others who already have learned the HARD way to stay happy, satisfied and sane in the profession, the teaching force will have a much better chance of continuing to grow and maintain its qualified newcomers.

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