Rookie Teaching for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764524798
ISBN-13: 9780764524790
Edition: 2003
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Description: Practical, proven classroom strategies to help first-time teachers For the nearly 200,000 rookie teachers who start out every year, adjusting to classroom realities can be a struggle. That's where this book comes in. Written by a veteran teacher  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Practical, proven classroom strategies to help first-time teachers For the nearly 200,000 rookie teachers who start out every year, adjusting to classroom realities can be a struggle. That's where this book comes in. Written by a veteran teacher who's been there, done that, it shows rookies how to gain the upper hand with students from day one-and make teaching a rewarding experience. Packed with classroom-tested tricks and techniques, the book explains how to develop a teaching style, make learning fun, discipline students effectively, and prevent disruptions. Delving into school politics, it reveals how to build positive relationships with administrators and other teachers and shows how to make the most of non-classroom responsibilities, such as after-school activities and parent-teacher conferences. Finally, it offers sage advice on how to steer clear of burnout, legal troubles, and other problems that can drive people out of teaching. W. Michael Kelly (Prince Frederick, MD) is a former high school calculus teacher who now works in the education department of the University of Maryland. He is the creator of calculus-help.com, an award-winning Web site.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
Foolish Assumptions
What You Won't Find in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
What They Didn't Teach You in College
What Have You Gotten Yourself Into?
Real World versus School World
Bearing the Instructor's Burden
You're the Adult Now!
Facing the Daily Grind
Dealing with Society's Nutty Notions about Teaching
"Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Teach"
Establishing Your Competence
Looking Inside Those "Educational Studies"
Forgetting Those Education Classes
How Things Have Changed in the Classroom
Changes for the Better
Changes for the Worse
What's With These Kids Today?
Managing Your Classroom
Finding Your Way Around
Topping Your To-Do List: Read the Rule Book
Establishing Your Rules
Getting Your Bearings
Mapping Out Important Locations
Setting Up Your Classroom
Building Blue-Ribbon Bulletin Boards
Choosing a Seating Arrangement
Establishing an Inviting Classroom
Staying Afloat If You're a Floater
The First Day of School
Making That Important First Impression
Don't Smile until December?
Identifying Important First-Day Tasks
Dressing Appropriately
Keeping Your Kids Under Control
Understanding What the Front Office Expects from You
Motivating Students
Facing Bad Behavior Head On
Recognizing Ineffective Models of Confrontation
Getting Discipline Right
Picking Your Fights
Making the Punishment Fit the Crime
Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie
Taking Things Personally
Passing the Problem (Child) to the Principal: When and How
Avoiding Sexual Harassment
Uncovering Sexual Harassment Shockers
Avoiding the Appearance of Evil
Delivering Instruction
Finding Your Style
Creating Lesson Plans
Honing Your Performance
Delivering Multicultural Instruction
Making Learning Fun
Teaching with Class Games
Adding the Little Things
Managing Assessment
Establishing a Grading System
Mastering the Tricks of the Trade
Meet the Supporting Cast
Getting to Know Your Administrators
A Field Guide to Administrators
Dealing with Dueling Bosses
Overcoming Observations
Getting to Know Your Co-Workers
A Field Guide to Co-Workers
Paying Your Dues
Understanding Staff Members
Facing the Facts If You're Floating
Getting to Know Parents
A Field Guide to Parents
Phoning Home
Surviving Parent Conferences
Getting to Know Students
Teaching Different Academic Levels
A Field Guide to Students
Figuring Out What Kids Want
Duties Other than Teaching
Implicit and Explicit Duties
Doing Your Duty
The Joys of Sponsorship
Life after School
Developing Professionally
Navigating the Sea of Paperwork
Hiking the Daily Paper Trail
Record-Keeping Responsibly
Scripting Scintillating Substitute Plans
Health and First-Aid Issues
Classifying Childhood Conditions
Identifying Important Health Concerns
Handling Injuries and Emergencies
The Part of Tens
Ten Things That Always Happen to Rookie Teachers
You'll Have Problems Pacing Yourself
A Harmless Comment You Make Will Be Misinterpreted
Chalk Dust Will Cause You to Despair
You Will Fall Prey to Gravity
An Administrator Will Infuriate You
You'll Find Out What the Kids Really Think of You
A Parent Will Complain about You
Something Completely Unexpected Will Happen
You'll Receive Unexpected Praise
A Student Will Greet You in Public
The Ten Biggest Rookie Blunders
Becoming Too Friendly Too Early
Teaching for the Wrong Reasons
Coming to School Unprepared
Refusing to Back Down When You're Wrong
Reacting before You Stop to Think
Neglecting to Look in the Mirror
Disassociating from Your Colleagues
Acting Like Your Kids
Not Practicing What You Preach
Forgetting That Kids Are Just Kids
Ten Ways to Use Technology in Your Classroom
Figure Out the Basics of Web Design
Post Information for Students and Parents
Display Pictures of Class Activities
Teach Using WebQuests
Give Online Assignments
Create an Archive of Content
Collect Links Related to Class Topics
Liven Up Lectures with PowerPoint
Unleash Creativity with Kid Pix
When All Else Fails, Project!
Ten Great World Wide Web Resources for Rookie Teachers
Discovering Discovery-Channel Style
PBS: Meeting Your Standards
Calling the Rookie Teacher Emergency Hotline
Chatting with Other Rookies
Creating a Pain-Free (And Cost-Free) Web Site
Creating a Web Site, The Sequel
Snagging a Plagiarist
Breaking the Ice
Getting the Advice You Need
Perusing a Smorgasbord of Teacher Stuff
Index

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