The Everything New Teacher Book: Increase Your Confidence, Connect With Your Students, and Deal With the Unexpected [NOOK Book]


While many companies provide on-the-job training programs for new recruits, teachers are given a classroom full of students and a directive: "Educate the next generation of Americans."

With this daunting task before them, teachers today are confronted with overcrowded classrooms, budget cuts, and a faltering education system. The Everything New Teacher Book recognizes ...
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The Everything New Teacher Book: Increase Your Confidence, Connect With Your Students, and Deal With the Unexpected

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While many companies provide on-the-job training programs for new recruits, teachers are given a classroom full of students and a directive: "Educate the next generation of Americans."

With this daunting task before them, teachers today are confronted with overcrowded classrooms, budget cuts, and a faltering education system. The Everything New Teacher Book recognizes that during the first couple of years in the classroom, teachers need effective suggestions on how to have a positive and lasting impact on their students. From the rules and tools of a successful learning environment to advice on behavior management, The Everything New Teacher Book is the perfect guide for teachers during their first or second year-and veteran teachers making a grade change.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605504940
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Series: Everything
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 600 KB

Table of Contents

Top Ten Things Every New Teacher Should Know x
Introduction xi
1 Welcome to Teaching 1
The Noble Profession 2
Education Today 2
Your Role as a Teacher 4
A Day in the Life of a Teacher 6
What Your Students Expect from You 8
Habits of Successful Teachers 11
2 The Secret Formula for Success 13
With an Attitude 14
Practice Consistency 15
A Fair Deal 16
Learn to Be Flexible 18
Putting It All Together 20
Practical Applications 21
3 From Expectations to Results 25
Great Expectations 26
Fears Associated with High Expectations 28
Shedding Your Biases 28
Communicating Your Expectations 32
Effect of Expectations on Behavior 33
Effect of Expectations on Grades 34
Meeting Your Own Expectations 35
4 Setting the Ground Rules 37
The Wisdom of Posting Class Rules 38
Missing School Supplies 40
Dealing with Tardiness 42
Late-Work Policies 45
Makeup Work Policy 46
Restroom Use and Hall Passes 47
5 Behavior Management 49
Beginning on the Right Foot 50
Discipline Plans 51
Humor Is the Most Effective Tool 53
Active Listening 54
Positive and Negative Reinforcement 55
Use and Misuse of Referrals 57
Parental Communications 59
6 Prejudice, Controversy, and Violence 61
Prejudice in the Classroom 62
The Most Effective Tool 63
Discussing Controversial Topics 64
Religious Matters 66
Political Issues 68
Dealing with School Violence 69
School Bullying 71
7 Organizing Your Space 73
Setting Up Classroom Space 74
Classroom Supplies 77
Textbook Use 79
A Filing System 83
Making Your Life Easier 84
Copying Tips and Tricks 86
8 Working with a Lesson Plan 87
What Is a Lesson Plan? 88
The Learning Objective 88
Sources of Ideas 91
Your Planning Tools 93
Knowing How Much to Include 95
Assigning Homework 96
Learning to Be Flexible 99
9 Maximizing Your Instructional Time 101
Warm-Ups 102
Keeping a Journal 104
Housekeeping Time 105
Daily Review 108
Moving from Activity to Activity 110
Additional Tips and Ideas 112
If You Have Extra Time 114
10 A Variety of Teaching Methods 115
Three Types of Learning Styles 116
Nine Measures of Intelligence 117
Importance of Varying Instruction 120
Class Lectures 120
Group Discussions 122
Cooperative Learning 124
Role-Playing and Debates 126
11 Technology in the Classroom 129
The Haves and the Have-Nots 130
It's Not Just about Money 130
Computer Technology 133
Learning Online 136
Using Technology Effectively 138
When Your School Can't Afford It 139
12 Assessments and Grading 141
Valid Assessments 142
Pretesting to Track Progress 143
What Do Grades Really Mean? 144
Grading with Rubrics 145
Staying Organized 147
Academic Integrity 150
13 High-Stakes Testing 153
What Is High-Stakes Testing? 154
Current Trends 156
What's at Stake 157
Arguments for High-Stakes Testing 159
Arguments Against High-Stakes Testing 160
The Impact on You 162
Teaching to the Test 163
14 Beyond the Classroom 165
Are Field Trips Worth It? 166
Field Trip Destinations 168
Planning the Field Trip 169
Field Trip Day 173
Virtual Field Trips 174
Visits to the Media Center 175
15 Avoiding Stress and Illness 177
Expect to Get Sick 178
Be Your Own Best Sub 179
Getting Hurt on the Job 180
Sick Buildings 181
Causes of Stress 183
Stress Relief 185
Sleep Deprivation 186
16 Giving Substitutes a Fighting Chance 187
The Substitute Folder 188
Effective Substitute Lesson Plans 190
Scheduling Substitutes 192
Final Preparations 194
Student Behavior 194
Not All Substitutes Are Created Equal 195
17 Meeting Diverse Needs 197
Learning the Lingo 198
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 199
The Individual Education Plan 201
Inclusion in the Classroom 203
Teaching Students with Diverse Needs 204
Working with a Co-Teacher 206
18 Walking the Staff Tightrope 209
Your Place as a New Teacher 210
Keeping People Happy 211
Following the Chain of Command 215
Making Good Colleague Choices 216
Staff Gossip 219
Personality Conflicts 220
19 Avoiding "New Teacher" Exploitation 221
Positive Effects of Participating 222
Your Teaching Assignment 224
School Committees 226
Extracurricular Activities 227
Additional Duties 229
How to Say "No" 229
20 The Pendulum Swing of Reform 231
Cyclical Reforms 232
Changes in Classroom Procedures 233
Ability Grouping 234
Interest and Career Grouping 236
Block Schedule 238
Year-Round Education 242
Setting Up Smaller Schools 243
Voucher Reforms 244
Changing Your Attitude 245
21 Online Learning: The Wave of the Future 247
What Is Online Education? 248
State of Online Education Today 248
Case Study: The Florida Virtual School 249
The Wave of the Future 250
The Mind of an Online Instructor 253
Benefits of Teaching Online 254
Issues for Online Instructors 255
Tips for Success in Online Teaching 257
22 Dealing with the Unexpected 259
Expect the Unexpected 260
Not Enough Texts 260
Overcrowded Classes 263
No Classroom at All 265
Multiple Preps 267
In Case of Emergency 268
23 Survival Mode: First Day, First Week 271
The Right Learning Environment 272
Attitude Is Everything 274
Dealing with Nervousness 275
Before the Students Arrive 277
The First Day 277
Checklists for Success 279
24 Can You Really Do It All? 281
A Part of Your Community 282
What Parents Want 283
Working with Your Students 285
Appeasing the Administration 286
Setting Your Own Expectations 287
A Rewarding Career 290
Appendix A Additional Resources 294
Appendix B Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 297
Index 300
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