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Your First Year of Teaching: Guidelines for Success is a collection of strategies on how to succeed and thrive during your first year of teaching. This brief, practical text presents guidelines on how to manage your first day, differentiate instruction, cope with high-stakes testing, deal with parents and colleagues, set a homework policy, manage disruptive behavior, and other challenges. This is a book you should keep close at hand for a year that promises to be both challenging and exhilarating.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136130468
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/17/2007
  • Series: Student Enrichment Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Accommodating Student Differences: Recognizing and Working with Specific Learners

Attaining Credibility with Students: Teacher Attitude and Modeling Behaviors.

Beyond Teaching: A Teacher Is Interesting Because the Teacher Has a Life Outside of School.

Colleagues, Administrators, and Support Staff: Your Professional Network.

Curriculum Matters and Concerns.

Decision-Making and Locus of Control: No One Knowledgeable Ever Said That Good Teaching Is Easy, But It Is Fun and Intrinsically Rewarding.

Differentiating the Instruction: Ensuring that No Child Is Left Behind.

Discipline: Fear of Losing Classroom Control Is a Major Concern of Many Beginning Teachers.

Equality in the Classroom: Ensuring a Psychologically Safe and Supportive Learning Environment.

Field Trip: Planning for Success

First Day: Your One Opportunity to Make An Initial Impression.

Guest Speaker: Making It a Successful Learning Experience.

High Energy Days and the Disruption of Routine: Kids Are Human, Too.

High Stakes Testing: Checking That No Student is Left Behind.

Internet: Valuable Resource for Enhancing Teaching and Student Learning.

Job Satisfaction: A Two-Way Street.

Makeup Work: Be Firm But Understanding.

Media: If Anything Can Go Wrong, It Probably Will!

Memorizing: Sometimes It’s Necessary.

Motivational Ideas: Build Your Repertoire.

PaperWork: How to Avoid Becoming Buried Under Mounds of It.

Parent and Guardian Contacts and Involvement: Leaving No Parent/Guardian Behind

Politics at School: Best to Avoid.

Professional Organizations: Join One.

Protecting Students and Yourself: Liability, Safety, and Security Matters.

Records: Organization is Important to Success

Reliability: A Good Teacher Is a Dependable Person.

Salary: Not Great But Regular.

Sense of Humor, an Intelligent Behavior: Please Smile and Do So Long Before Christmas.

Student Achievement: The Extremely Important and Time-Intensive Responsibilities of Assessing, Grading, and Reporting.

Student Learning: When Children Do Not Learn the Way We Teach Them, Then We Must Teach Them the Way They Learn.

Subject Knowledge: Fountainhead of Information or an Educational Broker?

Supplies and Textbooks: Seldom Ideal, Sometimes Inadequate.

Teachable Moments: Be Ready to Recognize, to Catch and to Run with Them

Teacher’s Lounge: Enter with Caution.

Total School: Enter with Enthusiasm.

Transitions During Lessons: A Difficult Skill to Master.

Your Place of Work: Please Show Pride in It.

Your First Observation by the Principal.

Your Professional Portfolio and Personal Records of Your Work.


References and Recommended Readings


Name and Subject Index.

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New to This Third Edition

  • Concept that job satisfaction is a two-way street.
  • Expanded inclusion of references and suggestions for further reading.
  • Guidelines for working with students of differences, including a section up front on "Accommodating Student Differences," a later section on "Differentiating the Instruction: Ensuring That No Child is Left Behind," and yet another on "Differentiating Your Classroom: Modify the Key Variables of Time, Methodology, and Grouping to Ensure that No Child Is Left Behind"
  • Hints for exercising creativity and individuality while teaching a prescribed and even scripted curriculum.
  • Information about working with teacher mentors.
  • Maintaining a professional portfolio plus personal records of the teacher's work.
  • Prologue, epilogue, and an updated glossary.
  • Updated Internet listings.
  • Young people must be protected from dogma and allowed freedom to learn and to develop their personal values and opinions.
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