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Teaching is tough. Teachers are imperfect. And yet good teaching happens anyway. That's the fresh perspective taken by Roxanna Elden in See Me After Class, a straight-talking look at the realities of teaching and how to survive the daunting first few years.

A teacher herself, Ms. Elden leaves the sugar coating and stay-positive platitudes to other books. Still, she manages to inspire, with no-nonsense advice, hang-in-there encouragement, and a ...

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Overview

Teaching is tough. Teachers are imperfect. And yet good teaching happens anyway. That's the fresh perspective taken by Roxanna Elden in See Me After Class, a straight-talking look at the realities of teaching and how to survive the daunting first few years.

A teacher herself, Ms. Elden leaves the sugar coating and stay-positive platitudes to other books. Still, she manages to inspire, with no-nonsense advice, hang-in-there encouragement, and a healthy dose of humor.

Ms. Elden deals head-on with the challenges teachers face. She shares insights and stories from long-time educators and offers tips on dealing with impossible workloads, demanding parents, and the many other frustrations that can derail good teachers. See Me After Class is a sanity-saver for new teachers, a lifeline for harried veterans, and a must-read for anyone who cares about teacher retention.

A National Board Certified Teacher, Roxanna Elden has taught adult education, elementary school, middle school, high school, day school, night school, Saturday school, and summer school. She has taught in big cities from Chicago to Houston. In short, she has seen it all.

Ms. Elden currently teachers in the Miami-Dade Country Public School system and develops presentations for new teachers in the Miami area.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781607140573
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Roxanna Elden

Roxanna Elden has taught adult education, elementary school, middle school, high school, day school, night school, Saturday school, and summer school. She has stood in front of classrooms in big cities from Chicago to Houston. In short, she has seen it all – including how many good teachers give up too soon and for the wrong reasons.

Ms. Elden currently teaches in the Miami-Dade County Public School system and develops presentations for new teachers in the Miami area.

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Table of Contents

1 What This Book Is...and Is Not 1

2 The Ten Things You Will Wish Someone Had Told You 5

3 First Daze 15

4 Maintaining and Regaining Your Sanity, One Month at a Time 33

5 Piles and Files: Organization and Time Management 41

6 Your Teacher Personality: Faking It, Making It 53

7 Classroom Management: Easier Said Than Done 63

8 Popular Procedures That (Probably) Prevent Problems 89

9 The Due-Date Blues: When High Expectations Meet Low Motivation 103

10 No Child Left...Yeah, Yeah, You Know: Different Types of Students and What Each Type Needs from You 113

11 Parents: The Other Responsible Adult 133

12 The Teachers' Lounge: Making It Work with the People You Work With 139

13 Please Report to the Principal's Office 153

14 Stressin' About Lessons 165

15 Observation Information 173

16 Testing, Testing 181

17 Grading Work Without Hating Work 191

18 Moments We're Not Proud Of 205

19 Dos and Don'ts for Helping New Teachers in Your School 213

20 Making Next Year Better 221

Thanks 227

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

    A must read for future teachers!

    Loved this book! I have one year of college left before earning an elem. ed. degree and this book has great advice that answered questions I had. Also, this book had me laughing out loud at some of the scenarios that I have already found to be true and common occurances. Overall, this is a great book and I highly recommend all first year teachers read it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    The book you need to read after the books they make you read.

    This book made me laugh with recognition and sigh with relief at a time during my first year when I wanted to cry.

    I *highly* recommend this book to any newer teacher struggling with a first year that was not what you thought it would be. Great mix of humor and practical advice.

    The author explains the rationale behind traditional teacher advice but also offers tips for what to do when traditional advice breaks down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2011

    Unique, practical and just what new teachers need

    As a new teacher, this is just what I was looking for. It has lots of practical advice and teaches you in a humorous voice. I have read several other books on teaching and this was significantly better.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Honest, Intelligent, and Insightful - A Must Read for New Teachers

    If you're a teacher or merely someone interested in teaching or education, this book will hook you in a heartbeat. Readers will be delighted and enlightened by the wellspring of information, stories, and insights that Ms. Elden imparts. I usually avoid books like this, opting for 'fun' reads rather than professional ones. This is both funny and professionally sound, and I learned so much even though I've taught high school kids for 25 years. It seemed like all I did while reading the book was nod in assent while laughing uproariously. Judging from her writing style, it appears that Roxana Elden may have a few humor novels as well in her future. What's next for this talented young lady, I wonder?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    What they should have BUT didn't cover in those EDU classes in college!

    Ms Elden's book is a treasure. All teachers, regardless of how long they have been in the profession, will benefit from this book. I must take issue with the review that claims this to be just another one of those books. Ms. Eldens book is to the point, user friendly, humorous, and full of idesa for the new teacher as well as the teacher who is starting to get a little stale. Good for you, Ms. Elden...A+ for a job well done!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is the best and most practical "teacher" book that I have read to date. I now use it as a standard gift for all my friends who are considering teaching as a profession. The author introduces the reader to real life difficult situations encountered in the classroom and provides great solutions to tackle them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

    Great read!

    Wish I read this six years ago.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Great book!

    I loved this book and found it both practical and funny. Elden has a way of making you crack up and also offer wisdom into the inner world of teaching. Great book for anyone interested in education.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    A Must Buy for the New Teacher in Your Life

    This is just one of those books that is so helpful. Much better than the other new teacher type books. You can tell the author really knows what she is talking about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    A great book for the K-12 teacher and even college professors!

    I have to admit that when I first began reading this book I was skeptical that I would get much out of it because my only teaching experience has been in the college setting. However, I was quite surprised at how much I could relate to the book even though often times Ms Elden's examples are about kids and not young adults! Whether you are teaching five-year-olds or twenty-five-year-olds it is important to let the class know who is in charge and this book has great advice on just that!

    I so wish that I could have read this book before my first day of teaching! It would have saved me a lot of headaches! Besides great advice, the book also has a healthy dose of humor to it to make the book very entertaining. I often found myself both laughing and thinking, "oh my gosh, that was my class!"

    A great book that is both extremely funny and helpful at the same time! What more could you ask for!?

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Homework You'll Love

    When I work with early career teachers I always suggest this book as "homework" reading. It has "real" advice and goes beyond what is prescribed in college courses to what actually happens in real classrooms everywhere. It's also very entertaining to read and very similar to the way teachers try to sneak in important material so that students enjoy their work and don't notice that they are learning. It's both educational and fun to read. I recommend it to anyone who is a teacher, will be a teacher, lives with a teacher, knows a teacher, or once had a teacher. Everyone will love it.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    A must-read for all teachers, new and old, as well as anyone considering the profession

    This book is absolutely fantastic. It's realistic, humorous, ever so slightly cynical, but not enough to make anyone want to reconsider being a teacher. On the contrary, it gives new teachers ammunition to enter the classroom more prepared, eyes wide open to potential problems, and with plenty of concrete suggestions to use when problems do indeed arise. This book does not deny the utility of the conventional wisdom for lesson planning, teaching methods and strategies, or classroom management given by other first-year teacher books. Rather, it explains real-life situations in the classroom in less idealistic terms, shows teachers where potential pitfalls lie, and gives concrete suggestions (not vague, open-to-interpretation words of wisdom) to either avoid the problems completely or, at the very least, do damage control. It even addresses politics within the school, and how to deal with problematic coworkers and administrators. Each situation is highlighted by real-life stories from real teachers who struggled in their first years...but ultimately stuck with it and became successful. As a teacher myself, I can definitely relate to the stories in here (thus the humor!) and, though I've already been in the classroom 3 years and have figured out plenty of my own strategies and tricks that work for me, I've also gotten several new ideas from reading this book that I plan to try out come August! A great, quick, witty and useful read. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    Hilarious & Helpful

    This book was hilarious and helpful. I've read a lot of teacher books but none of them gave this angle. As a 4th year teacher, I can definitely relate to many of the stories. I would recommend this to any teacher, especially in the first few years. I wish I had this book earlier, but it is true...one of the things that got me through my first year were stories from other teachers to show I was not the only one who had problems with classroom management, difficult administrators, grading, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2011

    Not All That Different From Every Other "Teacher Book"

    As a seventh-year teacher, I was excited to see a book that was seemingly dedicated to providing advice that was actually practical and useful, but instead found a lot of suggestions that were pretty standard fare for "how to be a teacher" literature. While the book itself wasn't bad, it certainly wasn't the creative and groundbreaking piece of literature promised in the description.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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