Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College): (But Didn't Learn in College)

Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College): (But Didn't Learn in College)

by Otis Kriegel


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Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College): (But Didn't Learn in College) by Otis Kriegel

Not your typical how-to manual for new teachers, this no-nonsense, jargon-free guide offers a wide variety of tools and tactics for getting through every school day with grace and sanity. Covered in glue, glitter, orange juice—or worse? Make a quick change into the spare set of clothes you keep on hand for just this purpose. Butterflies in your stomach before your first-ever Meet the Teacher Night? Keep your cool by writing the agenda on your board—it’ll double as a crib sheet for you.

These tips and hundreds more, covering virtually every aspect of teaching, have all been learned the hard way: from real-life classroom experience. Otis Kriegel’s “little black book” will be a treasured resource for teachers who want not only to survive but to thrive in any situation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575424286
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 177,222
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Otis Kriegel has over 15 years of experience in community education. He has taught grades one through five in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. Otis is an adjunct faculty and student mentor at New York University and a lecturer at the Bank Street College of Education and City College of New York, where he earned an M.S.Ed. in bilingual education. He has conducted his workshop, “How to Survive Your First Years Teaching,” for hundreds of student teachers and veteran educators at schools including New York University and Rutgers University, as well as for graduates from Teach for America programs. In 2008, he started the parent advice website The K5 (theK5.com).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Front Line


1. Making Your Classroom Work for You

Room Design and Traffic Patterns
The Teacher’s Desk
The Meeting Area
So Many Supplies and So Little Room

Backpacks and Jackets
Rain and Snow Wear
Lunch Boxes

Classroom Library

Getting Books
Organization Manipulatives and Other Supplies

Don’t Forget a Padlock
Your Lesson Plan Book
Stay Comfortable: Clothes and Shoes
Setting Up for the Year, Not the Moment

2. Learning Your School’s Culture

Who You Need to Know: The Big Four

The Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, or School Secretary
The Custodian
Your Teacher Representative (or Union Representative)
The Principal

Finding a Mentor

Other Important People
The Art of the Stolen Idea

Day-to-Day Routines and Rules

Absence and Lateness
Sickness and Substitutes
Walking the Halls
Restroom Policies
Inclement Weather Procedure
Let Them Know Before You Go
Technology and Internet
Morning Drop-Off
After-School Routines
Field Trips
Bulletin Boards

Teaching and Student Assessment

Teacher Assessment
Report Cards

Getting to Know the Parents

First Day of School Note Home
Back to School Night or Meet the Teacher Night
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Responsibilities Beyond the Classroom

Meetings, Conferences, and Professional Development
Holidays and Birthdays
School Performances, Trips, and Functions
Calendar of Events
Emergencies and Drills

A School Where You Fit—And That Fits You

3. Setting Up for a Terrific Year

The Daily Schedule
The Lesson Plan
The Morning Meeting
Morning Independent Work
Extra Worksheets
Organizing Student Work
Student Portfolios

Why Give Homework?
The Homework Folder
The Homework Notebook
The Homework Folder Bin
The Homework Record Book
Checking In Homework
Returning Homework

The Scrap Paper Bin
Recycling Paperwork  
The File Cabinet
The New Student
IEPs and Special Education
Working with Specialists
You Don’t Need to Be a Genius to Use an Interactive Whiteboard
The Internet
Prepare, Learn, and Teach

4. Working with Students
Cubbies or Desks?
Seat Assignments

Managing School Supplies

Managing in the First Days
Managing Throughout the Year

Managing Unwanted Donations Is Raising Hands Too Old-Fashioned?
I Can’t Get Their Attention!
Class Guidelines and Tone

Student Input

Reward Systems
Consequences for Misbehavior
Behavior Contract Behavior Modifications (B-Mods) Community Building
Celebrate Your Students’ Work
Teaching Whole Class, Small Groups, and One-on-One
Whole Class
Small Groups
Getting Your Class into the World: Tips for Field Trips
Plan for the Season
Traveling with Your Class
Did You Talk to All of Your Students Today? When the Rubber Hits the Road, Be Flexible

5. Working with Your Principal
Try to Solve the Problem on Your Own
Principals Need Your Help, Too

1. Keep Your Principal Informed
2. Share Ideas and Opinions
3. Take on Extra Tasks

What Principals Can Do for You Making Friends with Your Boss

6. The Parent-Teacher Relationship

What You Want from Parents
What Parents Want from You
What Might Make Parents Unhappy with You
Methods of Communication

Class Website
Phone Calls
Notes Home

When Is a Phone Call or Meeting Best?
A Mutually Beneficial Relationship

7. Communicating with Families
The First Day of School Note Home
Information About You

Arrival and Dismissal
Vital Information
Local Walking Field Trip Permission Slip
Lunch and Snack
Physical Education
Field Trips
Wish List

The Weekly Note Home
Parents, Their Child, Social Media, and Your Classroom
Getting on the Same Page

8. When Families Come into the Classroom
Encouraging Involvement
The Classroom Door: Your Parent Visitation Policy

When Is a Good Time to Visit?
Angry Parent Visits

The Smooth Meet the Teacher Night

Preparing for the Evening
Getting Through the Evening

Sharing Bad News
Getting Yourself Through the Pile: Report Cards
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Making a Schedule That Works
Who Should Come to the Conference?
Share the Report Card Before the Meeting
What Do I Say During the Conference?

Your Volunteer Squad

Volunteering in Class
Volunteering on a Field Trip
Befriending a Parent: A Good or Bad Idea?
Working with Parents Is a Big Part of the Job


9. Managing the Workload
Leave It at School!
One Week Ahead: Lesson Planning
Under the Magnifying Glass:
How to Have an Awesome Observation

Let Your Class Know
Display the Schedule and Lesson Plans
Have All Materials Ready Know Why You’re Doing What You’re Doing
Differentiate Be Ready with Past Work
Be Yourself
Start—and End—with a Bang
Manage Your Time

Curriculum and Behavior
Delegate: Get Help!
Keep Your Perspective

10. Balancing Your Responsibilities
The Jobs Not Included in Your Job Description
The Positive Influence: Your Exciting Life
The Well-Rested Teacher vs. the Exhausted Teacher
You’re Ready




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