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.