Your First Year of Teaching: Guidelines to Success / Edition 3

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Merrill/Prentice Hall has created a new Professional Development Series, designed to provide a wealth of resources for teachers and other education professionals. The booklets in this series discuss the common trends in a education today, such as No Child Left Behind and how to teach English Language Learners. All of the books in the series are designed to be short, precise guides to refer to quickly and easily in your classroom. If you would like more information on Merrill's Professional Development books, please visit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131708587
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: Merrill Professional Development Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.91 (h) x 0.29 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Accommodating Student Differences 2
Attaining Credibility with Students: Teacher Attitude and Modeling Behaviors 2
Beyond Teaching: A Teacher Is Interesting Because the Teacher Has a Life Outside of School 3
First Year of Teaching: Not the Best Time to Assume New Personal and Social Commitments and Responsibilities 3
Colleagues, Administrators, and Support Staff: Your Professional Network 3
Mentor: Sometimes It's Good to Have More Than One 4
An Expert Among Professionals 4
Envious Colleagues 5
Staff Should Be Valuable Members of Your Support Network 5
Sharing a Common Purpose 5
Ask for Help Whenever You Feel a Perceived Need-Don't Wait Too Long 5
Curriculum Matters and Concerns 6
Teaching Both Children and the Content Standards: An Oxymoron? 6
Integrating the Subjects: More Like Real Life 6
Cooperative Learning: Don't Give Up Before Experiencing Its Benefits 8
Group Grading Is Not Recommended 10
Controversial Content and Issues: Unavoidable 11
Figure 1 Ten most-challenged books in 2002 11
Children Must Be Protected from Dogma and Allowed Freedom to Learn and to Develop Their Personal Values and Opinions 13
Decision Making and Locus of Control: No One Knowledgeable Ever Said That Good Teaching Is Easy, But It Is Fun and Intrinsically Rewarding 13
Coping Strategies: Avoiding Feelings of Aloneness 13
Decision Making and Instruction 14
This May Be the First Job Where You Are Constantly Reflecting On Your Every Action 14
Retaining Creativity and Individuality While Teaching a Prescribed and Even Scripted Curriculum 15
Differentiating the Instruction: Ensuring That No Child Is Left Behind 16
Selected Strategies for Personalizing Instruction for Quality Learning 16
Discipline: Fear of Losing Classroom Control Is a Major Concern of Many Beginning Teachers 17
Beginning the School Year Well: Thorough Preparation Provides Confidence and Fosters Success 17
Preventing a Ship from Sinking Is Much Easier Than Saving a Sinking One: Errors to Avoid 18
Helping Students Develop Self-Control 28
Equality in the Classroom: Ensuring a Psychologically Safe and Supportive Learning Environment 28
Examples of Teacher Behaviors That Violate the Concept of Gender Equity 28
Ensuring Equity 29
First Day: Your Only Opportunity to Make an Initial Impression 30
Dress with Professional Pride 31
Greet the Students 31
Initial Activity 31
Student Seating 31
Information About the Class or Course 32
Figure 2 Sample course syllabus 34
Procedures and Endorsed Behavior 34
Focus on Endorsed Attitudes and Behaviors 34
What Students Need to Understand from the Start 35
Figure 3 About class interruptions 37
Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior 38
First Homework Assignment 38
Guest Speaker: Making It a Successful Learning Experience 38
High Energy Days and the Disruption of Routine: Kids Are Human, Too 39
High Stakes Testing: Leave No Student Behind 40
Differentiating Your Classroom: Modify the Key Variables of Time, Methodology, and Grouping to Ensure that No Child Is Left Behind 41
Internet: Resource to Enhance Teaching and Student Learning 41
Figure 4 Sample Internet resources for teachers 42
Job Satisfaction: A Two-Way Street 43
Makeup Work: Be Firm But Understanding 43
Homework Assignments 43
Late Work and Opportunity for Recovery 43
Classroom Vignette: Late Homework from an At-Risk Student 44
Tests and Quizzes 44
Unannounced Quizzes 45
Media: If Anything Can Go Wrong, It Probably Will! 45
Be Prepared with Plan B 46
Memorizing: Sometimes It's Necessary 46
Motivational Ideas: Build Your Repertoire 47
The Visual and Performing Arts 48
Family and Consumer Economics, Foods, and Textiles 49
English, Languages, and the Language Arts 50
Mathematics 52
Science 53
Social Sciences 54
Figure 5 Internet sites for teaching ideas 57
Paperwork: How to Avoid Becoming Buried Under Mounds of It 58
Teacher Vignette: No One Truly Knowledgeable About It Ever Said That Good Teaching Is Easy 58
Cautions About Using Peer Checking 59
Parent and Guardian Contacts and Involvement 59
Back-to-School Night and Open House 60
Conferences 61
Dealing with an Angry Parent or Guardian 61
Politics at School: Best to Avoid 62
Professional Organizations: Join One 62
Protecting Students and Yourself: Liability, Safety, and Security Matters 63
Student Rights 63
Teacher Liability and Insurance 63
Child Abuse 64
Door Keys 64
First Aid and Medication 64
Records: Organization, the Key to Success 65
Record Keeping 65
Worst Nightmare 65
Reliability: A Good Teacher Is a Dependable Person 66
Salary: Not Great But Regular 66
Sense of Humor, an Intelligent Behavior: Please Smile and Do So Long Before Christmas 67
Classroom Vignette: A Humorous Scenario: A Missed Teachable Moment 67
Student Achievement: The Extremely Important and Time-Intensive Responsibilities of Assessing, Grading, and Reporting 67
Avenues for Assessing Student Learning 68
Think First, Write Second: That Which Separates the Professional Teacher from Anyone Off the Street Is the Teacher's Ability to Go Beyond Mere Description of Behavior 69
Student Journals and Assessment 70
Student Portfolios and Assessment 70
Avoiding the Rush at the End of a Grading Period 70
Report Cards 71
Student Learning: When Children Do Not Learn the Way We Teach Them, Then We Must Teach Them the Way They Learn 71
Classroom Vignette: Students Write and Stage a One-Act Play 72
Students at Risk: Integration of Learning Modalities Is a Must 72
Learning Style Is Not an Indicator of Intelligence But of How a Person Learns 73
The Learning Cycle 75
Learning Capacities 76
Classroom Vignette: Using the Theory of Learning Capacities (Multiple Intelligences) and Multilevel Instruction 77
Subject Knowledge: Fountainhead of Information or an Educational Broker? 77
Teaching Out of Field 78
Supplies and Textbooks: Seldom Ideal, Sometimes Inadequate 78
What You Want for Your Birthday 79
Student Textbooks 79
Figure 6 Techniques for helping students develop their higher-level thinking skills and their comprehension of expository material 81
Teacher's Lounge: Enter with Caution 81
Total School: Enter with Enthusiasm 82
Student Activities: There Is More to Teaching and Learning Than Classroom Work 82
Transitions During Lessons: A Difficult Skill to Master 82
Your Place of Work: Please Show Pride in It 84
Your First Observation by the Principal 84
Your Professional Portfolio and Personal Records of Your Work 85
Epilogue 86
For Further Reading 87
Glossary 90
Index 97
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