What Successful Teachers Do: A Dozen Things to Ensure Student Learning

What Successful Teachers Do: A Dozen Things to Ensure Student Learning

by Mary C. Clement


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Teachers who read A Dozen Things will be engaged with the personal stories of teaching, while also gaining strategies for success in their classrooms. A quick glance at the table of contents provides insight into the issues teachers face and how to thrive and succeed. Successful teachers prepare personally and professionally for their jobs. Strong teachers organize and manage a classroom, while planning to use a variety of effective teaching methods and strategies. Both new and veteran teachers use technology to their advantage, and know when to just use paper and pencil to teach. Successful teachers master how to assess student work with straightforward, usable evaluations, and not just the standardized tests. While striving to meet the needs of all students, effective teachers communicate with all stakeholders - especially the students! How do teachers keep their jobs from taking over their lives? They recognize that teaching is too difficult a job to do alone, and too important a job to do alone. They find strong colleagues for mentors and for local support networks. They join professional associations to stay current in their fields and to have a larger support network. This book leads teachers to reflect in a practical way about teaching and their success. Teachers need to remember why they entered this profession and to develop a simple philosophy for why they get up each morning to do the important work of teaching.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475843507
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mary C. Clement has published 14 books and 140 articles in the fields of teacher hiring and new teacher support. She is a professor of teacher education at Berry College, in Georgia, and earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Table of Contents

Successful Teachers
1. Prepare Personally and Professionally
What Preparation Do Successful Teachers Have?
Preparation To Get, And Keep, A Teaching Job
2.Know Educational Psychology
Why Educational Psychology?
Engage Students In Meaningful, Relevant, and Rigorous Instruction
The Four Steps of Classroom Management
3.Organize and Manage a Classroom
Organize the Room
Procedures and Routines
Rules and Consequences
4.Plan for Teaching
Curriculum is What We Teach
Planning What to Teach
A 10-step Lesson Plan – Any Subject or Grade Level
A Four-Step Lesson Plan
5.Use Effective Methods and Strategies
Assess Prior Interest and Knowledge (APIK)
Method #1: Lecture and Presentation
Method #2 – Concept Attainment
Method # 3: Demonstrations and Modeling
Method #4: Teaching with Questions
Method #5: Discussions
Method #6 – Group Work
Method # 7: Teaching with Projects
Method #8 – Lab Work
Method #9 – Teaching with Games
6.Use Technology for an Advantage
Simple Uses of Technology
Computers for Practice, Reinforcement, and Assessment
Guidelines and Ideas
What Might the Future Hold?
7.Assess Student Work
A Review of the Vocabulary of Assessment
Informal, Formative Assessments
Assess to Objectives
Creating Tests
Turning Assessments into Grades
When and How to Share Assessment Data
Program and Schoolwide Assessments
8.Meet the Needs of All Students
Student Diversity
Teaching Students with Special Needs
Gifted Students and Their Special Needs
Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs)
9.Communicate with All Stakeholders
Communication with Parents and Families
Script for Parent Phone Call Home
Communicating with Colleagues
Communication with Administrators
Communication Outside of the Classroom
10.Manage Time and Stress
Time Management
Stress Management
11.Grow as Professionals
What Does It Mean to be a Professional?
Mentoring and Being Mentored
The Support of a Professional Association
Professional Learning Communities
Becoming a Teacher Leader
The Stages of a Teacher’s Career
Moving into Administration
Moving into Higher Education
12.Know Why They Teach
Reading About Inspirational Educators
About Reflection
The Rest of My Story

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