The New Teacher Toolbox: Proven Tips and Strategies for a Great First Year

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This second edition is a concise yet complete guide for novice teachers, covering all the essentials for getting off to a good start. With new tips for everything from establishing an ideal classroom environment to making it through teacher evaluations, this revised edition of The New Teacher Toolbox helps you plan ahead with confidence, keep your perspective, and prepare for the unexpected.

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The New Teacher Toolbox: Proven Tips and Strategies for a Great First Year

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Overview

This second edition is a concise yet complete guide for novice teachers, covering all the essentials for getting off to a good start. With new tips for everything from establishing an ideal classroom environment to making it through teacher evaluations, this revised edition of The New Teacher Toolbox helps you plan ahead with confidence, keep your perspective, and prepare for the unexpected.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Mandel has written a very practical, informative manual for new teachers. His examples for attaining classroom standards, which incorporate a variety of activities for diverse students and for teaching test-taking skills,
are right on target. For answers to fundamental questions and stress relief,
Mandel’s manual is a must!”
Leslie Gaillard
"An extremely practical and user-friendly time-saver. Rather than beating around the bush with pages of statistics, philosophies, best practices, and methodologies, this toolbox cuts to the meat of the real questions burning inside new teachers. I strongly encourage any new teacher who is feeling the stress of the first year to take a few minutes and read up on some of the issues that may be contributing to that stress. This book covers just about every issue or concern that one might have and will only save time in the end. In fact, all teachers, new and experienced, could benefit from the quick fixes presented in this plentiful yet to-the-point toolbox."
Johanna K. Lemlech
Praise for the first edition:
"Mandel has written a very practical, informative manual for new teachers. His examples for classroom standards, incorporating a variety of activities for diverse students, and teaching test-taking skills are right on target. For answers to fundamental questions and stress relief, Mandel’s manual is a must!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620878804
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 964,087
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott M. Mandelis aNational Board-certified teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has worked as a teacher, administrator, and inservice leader for more than 25 years. The author of nine teacher education books, Mandel is also the founder and director of the Teachers Helping Teachers Web site. He received his PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

About the Author vi

Introduction: What New Teachers Really Want to Know 1

Part I The Room Environment and the First Weeks 5

1 Things to Do Before the School Year Begins 6

2 Arranging Your Classroom 15

3 Bulletin Boards 18

4 A Helpful Binder to Leave for Substitute Teachers 22

Part II The Curriculum and the Students 25

5 Fairness and Critical Thinking in Classroom Discussions 26

6 Teaching Five Hours of Material in Only Three Hours 32

7 Keeping Students Interested 37

8 Teaching Test-Taking Skills 42

9 The Internet as the Ultimate Teacher Resource Center 46

10 Discipline Issues 50

Part III Grading 56

11 Marking Papers and Promoting Self-Esteem 57

12 A Beginner's Guide to Figuring Grades 60

13 Rubrics 66

14 Grading for Classroom Participation 71

15 A Student Self-Esteem Check 74

Part IV Parents 79

16 Parent Involvement 80

17 Parent-Teacher Conferences 86

Part V Students Who Have Special Needs 90

18 Modifying the Classroom Curriculum for Students With Special Needs 91

19 Full-Inclusion Mainstreaming 95

20 Students With ADD/ADHD and Classroom Management 98

21 Preparing for a Special Education Class 102

Part VI How to Maintain Your Santiy 106

22 Making It Through Your Teacher Evaluation 107

23 Ten Ways to Avoid Stress 112

24 Putting It All Into Perspective 116

Further Reading 122

References 125

Index 126

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