Why Didn't I Learn This in College?

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Over 400,000 copies of this book are in the hands of new teachers and their mentors worldwide. This new edition includes updated tools and procedures for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Even veteran teachers say that they find the ideas and strategies here invaluable. It is based on the construct that the best management program is a good instructional program. If student learning is our goal, we want to shift our focus from control and compliance to creating positive...

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Overview

Over 400,000 copies of this book are in the hands of new teachers and their mentors worldwide. This new edition includes updated tools and procedures for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Even veteran teachers say that they find the ideas and strategies here invaluable. It is based on the construct that the best management program is a good instructional program. If student learning is our goal, we want to shift our focus from control and compliance to creating positive learning-centered environments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979728013
  • Publisher: Just ASK Publications
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 330
  • Sales rank: 140,216
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Rutherford is the author of five books, Instruction for All Students, Leading the Learning: A Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, Why Didn't I Learn This in College? and The 21st Century Mentor's Handbook. She co-authors an e-newsletter titled: Mentoring in the 21st Century®.

She is president of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development, established in 1989 and based in Alexandria, Virginia. She works extensively with districts as they engage in long-term systemic work to align processes such as hiring, induction, professional development, school improvement plans, and supervision and evaluation. She also leads Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institutes across the country and has developed a comprehensive Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kit so that districts can replicate the Just ASK institutes and provide extensive follow-up support for mentors. Paula, committed to building in-house capacity, has also developed a New Teacher Professional Development Kit that provides over 30 hours of support for new teachers and Certified Local Trainer (CLT) programs based on Instruction for All Students, Leading the Learning, and Why Didn't I Learn This in College?

In addition to her extensive work as a consultant and trainer, Paula's professional experience includes work in regular education K-12 as a teacher of high school history and social sciences, physical education, Spanish, and kindergarten, as well as a special education teacher, coordinator of special education programs, administrator at the middle school and high school levels, and as a central office staff development specialist.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
II. Creating a Positive Learning Environment
III. Framing the Learning
IV. Making Learning Active
V. Integrating Literacy Instruction
VI. Assessing Learning
VII. Planning Instruction
VIII. Setting Yourself Up for Success
IX. Organizing the Classroom for Learning
X. Working with Parents as Partners
Appendix: CD-ROM Templates
Resources and References
Index

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    The bible of the new teacher

    This book is a heaven sent for those who are fresh in the field. Most early, primary, and secondary education majors study theory more than application. Majority of the courses that students enroll in are repetitive and mundane. The only time a student majoring in education attempts to teach a class is during student teaching and still, it is not enough time to expose him/her to the real demands of teachers of today's generation. Real teachers and real scholars share their experiences and their effective methods with other teachers who need some guidance or new methods to create a more interesting lesson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    Good Strategies

    I like the strategies in the book. It is much better than some of the other books out there that focus on which way to pass in your papers and how to set up your room...this book actually helped me teach. That is cool.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    Good instructional reference...

    This book is heavy on instructional strategies. Every page has a strategy to use in your class that day. I do use it as a reference and our district does provide it for their induction and mentoring groups. The new teacher next to me shared it with me and I bought my own copy. It is nice to go back and refer to it for unit planning or lesson building. Overall good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2004

    Good Book

    My district, Chicago Public Schools, provided this book to all of the new teachers in the district. I received a book in college called First Days of School that totally talked down to teachers and promoted the belittling of students as the best way to be a teacher. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is a breath of fresh air. The introduction even says 'Do you want your students to be well-managed or well educated' RIGHT ON! I recommend this book highly. Good luck in your teaching!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    Easy to Use; Focus is on Instruction

    While the title is tongue-in-cheek, the content is not. This book is exactly what I needed as a new teacher. I refer to this book daily while planning my units and lessons. It really has helped me focus on instruction. The active learning strategies are easy to implement and actually a lot of fun to use! I have shared this book with my district because they provided us a book that is all about discipline, which to my knowledge, our district does not test my students on at the end of the year. Great resource!

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