This revised edition of the bestseller is a practical, one-stop resource that introduces tips by grade level, making the book easy to read sequentially or for reference as needed. First-year teachers will find strategies to keep students engaged, handle grading, interact with parents, make it through teacher evaluations, and maintain professional sanity in the midst of stress.
Scott M. Mandel is a National Board-certified teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has worked as a teacher, administrator, and inservice leader for more than 25 years. The author of nine teacher education books, Mandel is also the founder and director of the Teachers Helping Teachers Web site. He received his PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern California.
Acknowledgments About the Author Introduction: What New Teachers Really Want to Know Part I. The Room Environment and the First Weeks 1. Things to Do Before the School Year Begins 2. Arranging Your Classroom 3. Bulletin Boards 4. A Helpful Binder to Leave for Substitute Teachers Part II. The Curriculum and the Students 5. Fairness and Critical Thinking in Classroom Discussions 6. Teaching Five Hours of Material in Only Three Hours 7. Keeping Students Interested 8. Teaching Test-Taking Skills 9. The Internet as the Ultimate Teacher Resource Center 10. Discipline Issues Part III. Grading 11. Marking Papers and Promoting Self-Esteem 12. A Beginner's Guide to Figuring Grades 13. Rubrics 14. Grading for Classroom Participation 15. A Student Self-Esteem Check Part IV. Parents 16. Parent Involvement 17. Parent-Teacher Conferences Part V. Students Who Have Special Needs 18. Modifying the Classroom Curriculum for Students With Special Needs 19. Full-Inclusion Mainstreaming 20. Students With ADD/ADHD and Classroom Management 21. Preparing for a Special Education Class Part VI. How to Maintain Your Sanity 22. Making It Through Your Teacher Evaluation 23. Ten Ways to Avoid Stress 24. Putting It All Into Perspective Further Readings References Index