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.
W. Michael Kelley is a former calculus teacher who now works in the Department of Education at the University of Maryland. His Web site, www.calculus--help.com, has won many awards.
Introduction. Part I: What They Didn't Teach You in College. Chapter 1: What Have You Gotten Yourself Into? Chapter 2: Dealing with Society's Nutty Notions about Teaching. Chapter 3: How Things Have Changed in the Classroom. Part II: Managing Your Classroom. Chapter 4: Finding Your Way Around. Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Classroom. Chapter 6: The First Day of School. Chapter 7: Keeping Your Kids Under Control. Chapter 8: Picking Your Fights. Chapter 9: Avoiding Sexual Harassment. Part III: Delivering Instruction. Chapter 10: Finding Your Style. Chapter 11: Making Learning Fun. Chapter 12: Managing Assessment. Part IV: Meet the Supporting Cast. Chapter 13: Getting to Know Your Administrators. Chapter 14: Getting to Know Your Co--Workers. Chapter 15: Getting to Know Parents. Chapter 16: Getting to Know Students. Part V: Duties Other than Teaching. Chapter 17: Implicit and Explicit Duties. Chapter 18: Navigating the Sea of Paperwork. Chapter 19: Health and First--Aid Issues. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Things That Always Happen to Rookie Teachers. Chapter 21: The Ten Biggest Rookie Blunders. Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Use Technology in Your Classroom. Chapter 23: Ten Great World Wide Web Resources for Rookie Teachers. Index.