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  • Perfect Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Just ASK Publications; Second edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979728010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979728013
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Georgia we have TAPP (Teacher Alternative Preparation Program). As new teachers are hired, the experienced teachers try to do everything we can to mentor them and help them adjust to their new environment. I have found NO RESOURCE better than the book Why Didn't I Learn This in College? to aid in the task of preparing the TAPP teachers for the classroom. Mainly because, these teachers didn't learn about teaching in college or anywhere else prior to their first year. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is full of so much ESSENTIAL information! EVERY new teacher should be given this book to read before their first day on the job! It is more that just what to do in the classroom. It is also full of information about how to interact on a team, in a conference, with the students, with the parents, even some professional wisdom that is specific to a career in education. This book is a MUST HAVE for ALL beginning teachers - especially someone from an alternative teacher preparation program like TAPP. Even though I did major in education in college, I wish I would have been privy to the wisdom and insight found in this book during my first year of teaching. I recommend it to anyone who is beginning a career in education or trying to improve their skills within the first few years of their career as a teacher. --Carly Stanley, 6th Grade Science Teacher, Warner Robins, GA

Paula Rutherford is truly a guiding light in the field of education for the 21st century. She has remarkably woven instructional strategies, motivation techniques (teacher & student), assessment strategies, planning strategies, etc. into a wonderful easily to read book that is essential for new teachers and a great skill reminder for all other teachers. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is designed as a resource that will help any teacher understand how to effectively implement various educational concepts that is needed in every classroom! Furthermore, this book gives any teacher the essential foundation needed to become an exemplary teacher. It is easy to read, illustrated with various techniques and examples, offers proven strategies and activities that will give any teacher new or veteran a clear vision for success in any classroom. This book shows Paula's gift of educating the minds of all students through different strategies that all teachers can and should be implementing! --Tracy Brown, Orangeburg, SC

These testimonials about Why Didn't I Learn This in College? echo the sentiments of our new teachers and the administrative team in Greece Central School District about the practicality and usefulness of this resource. We have provided all of our new teachers with this book for two years now and utilize the strategies and tips during our three year new teacher induction program. Many of our veteran teachers have purchased a copy for personal use and as gifts for teacher colleagues or family members in education. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is aligned with the expectations for teaching in a standards-based classroom and helps us when conferencing with new and experienced teaching staff as we work together to help all students be successful. --Ann Mitchell, Assistant Superintendent, Greece Central School District, Greece, NY

Paula Rutherford is truly a guiding light in the field of education for the 21st century. She has remarkably woven instructional strategies, motivation techniques (teacher & student), assessment strategies, planning strategies, etc. into a wonderful easily to read book that is essential for new teachers and a great skill reminder for all other teachers. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is designed as a resource that will help any teacher understand how to effectively implement various educational concepts that is needed in every classroom! Furthermore, this book gives any teacher the essential foundation needed to become an exemplary teacher. It is easy to read, illustrated with various techniques and examples, offers proven strategies and activities that will give any teacher new or veteran a clear vision for success in any classroom. This book shows Paula's gift of educating the minds of all students through different strategies that all teachers can and should be implementing! --Tracy Brown, Orangeburg, SC

These testimonials about Why Didn't I Learn This in College? echo the sentiments of our new teachers and the administrative team in Greece Central School District about the practicality and usefulness of this resource. We have provided all of our new teachers with this book for two years now and utilize the strategies and tips during our three year new teacher induction program. Many of our veteran teachers have purchased a copy for personal use and as gifts for teacher colleagues or family members in education. Why Didn't I Learn This in College? is aligned with the expectations for teaching in a standards-based classroom and helps us when conferencing with new and experienced teaching staff as we work together to help all students be successful. --Ann Mitchell, Assistant Superintendent, Greece Central School District, Greece, NY

About the Author

Paula Rutherford is the author of multiple books including: Active Learning and Engagement Strategies, Instruction for All Students, Creating a Culture for Learning, Leading the Learning: A Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, Why Didn t I Learn This in College? and The 21st Century Mentor s Handbook. Paula is president of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development, established in 1989 and based in Alexandria, Virginia. She works extensively with districts as they engage in long-term systemic work to align processes such as hiring, induction, professional development, school improvement plans, and supervision and evaluation. She also leads Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institutes across the country and has developed a comprehensive Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kit so that districts can replicate the Just ASK institutes and provide extensive follow-up support for mentors. Paula, committed to building in-house capacity, has also developed a New Teacher Professional Development Kit that provides over 30 hours of support for new teachers.In addition to her extensive work as a consultant and trainer, Paula s professional experience includes work in regular education K-12 as a teacher of high school history and social sciences, physical education, Spanish, and kindergarten, as well as a special education teacher, coordinator of special education programs, administrator at the middle school and high school levels, and as a central office staff development specialist.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to any teacher.
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It is easy to use and gives you practical things to do in your classroom.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dorotha Ekx on September 15, 2002
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Practical, positive, and pure Paula! WHY DIDN'T I LEARN THIS IS COLLEGE? is an ESSENTIAL professional resource for educators at all levels of experience! Paula Rutherford applies her 30 years of teaching and educational leadership to create this book of research-based teaching tips and user-friendly tools that will help increase student achievement in our classrooms. She offers a logical framework for creating learning-centered environments, planning "with the 'end' in mind", and organizing learners and professional tasks for positive results for students, parents, and teachers.

As a veteran teacher and coach for novice teachers, I use this resource as my NUMBER ONE traveling companion and "virtual" collaborator. Paula's pro-active and positive voice resonates through its pages as my teachers and I use this information to bring all students quality instructional programs and opportunities for maximum learning. Thank you, Paula, for being my constant "ride-along" learning buddy!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Wesley Burton on August 27, 2002
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As a long time mentor for new teachers, I have read many books for teachers new to the classroom. There are a lot of books out there that focus on everything but teaching. This book is all about helping teachers with great teaching strategies that they can use throughout their entire career. New teachers can try a new strategy every day. I am now buying this book for all of my new teachers!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Janie the Teacher on September 30, 2004
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My school district gave every new teacher a copy of this book. The new teacher that I am mentoring shared it with me. After reading through it I was excited to find a book that focuses on instruction instead of some silver-bullet discipline plan. The instructional strategies are written clearly and consisely. Both of us bring our copies of Why Didn't I Learn This in College? and use them as we plan our units and lessons every Monday for the following week. I highly recommend this book to any teacher.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Henderson on October 2, 2009
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This is book is being used within Teacher Development and Professional Development Programs - I love the advice pages and the fact that I can skip around the book finding exactly what is needed in certain situations.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail E. Harper on November 17, 2009
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As a mentor with Baltimore County Public Schools, I highly recommend this book for it's resources. There are several grouping strategies, such as clock buddies,book buddies, color wheel buddies etc. I especially like the ones on page 250 where students find their alternative partner such as salt & pepper, Beauty and the Beast and so on. The talking tokens mentioned on pg. 256 are a great way to allow student participation amongst a group as well as a way to "structure" the type of responses that the teacher desires in the group. This book also comes with a CD, so that various forms such as
the "Unit Planning form"," Peer Observation Form", and the

"Active Learning Form" can be downloaded and printed off easily for teacher use. Once again, "Paula Rutherford knows her stuff."

Gail Harper
Baltimore County Publc Schools
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ruby731 on January 12, 2006
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I happened to find this book while browsing the teaching section. It has truly been a great resource that every (new) teacher should have. Unlike most of our teacher ed. programs, this book gives practical information about how to run a classroom. You won't regret buying this book, it is a wonderful resource!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Leebrick VINE VOICE on November 2, 2011
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Nothing is worse than needing a quick fix for a problem and knowing it will take an hour of surfing or searching to find it. This is the solution!

As a new teacher mentor, I saw this referenced in the 21st Century Mentor's Handbook. The things in that book were good from a mentor's perspective, so I thought it would be worth taking a chance on the new teacher title, Why Didn't I Learn This in College. I'm so glad I did! It has everything that I love about the resources in the mentor book, but more of them. There are templates and forms that are just waiting for a new teacher to use which I had to make for myself long ago. Need a quick way to send kids to partners? Go to the index and find a bundle. Wonder if you are the only new teacher who isn't getting some of the veteran teachers at your school? There is a section about teacher collegial relationships that might help you through. Really, just about everything that I ever had to figure out on my own, borrow from another teacher, or hunt down online is HERE. And there's a CD of all the forms that you are going to be using over and over.

Some earlier reviews mentioned that they thought this was all covered in teacher training programs. I think that may depend on a number of things from which college to which specialty the teacher was in. Furthermore, even if every single bit of it was, I don't know any new teacher who has time to dig through the moving boxes of college texts and class notes to try to find it. The benefit of this is access. It is also fair to note that in many states alternative certification programs sometimes mean that teachers are entering the classroom without being immersed in 2-4 years of the College of Ed world. I think for them, especially, this is a tool for navigating ideas in terms that the mentor teachers, classroom neighbors, principal, etc. are offering them suggestions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca S. Watson on September 11, 2008
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Our school district purchased this book for every new teacher hired this year, experienced or not. It is a gold mine of ideas and solid instructional practices. We used the book as the text for our induction program this summer and the trainers teaching it actually talked about how they learned so much as well. Some of them have been teaching for 20 years! Paula has taken all things great about organizing your classroom, standards-based teaching, and instruction and placed it all in one book that is easy to use and practical. I highly recommend every teacher get a copy of this book.
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More About the Author

Paula, President of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development (Just ASK) and an ASK Group Senior Consultant, lives in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the author of multiple books including Why Didn't I Learn This in College?, The 21st Century Mentor's Handbook, Instruction for All Students, Leading the Learning: A Field Guide for Supervision and Evaluation, Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners, and Active Learning and Engagement Strategies. She is a co-author of Creating a Culture for Learning. Paula is also the developer of the New Teacher Professional Development Kit and the Mentoring in the 21st Century® Resource Kit.

Paula's presentations of note include Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners® and Mentoring in the 21st Century® Institutes in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Dallas. She is proud to have been a member of the faculty of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Principals' Center Summer Institutes at UCLA for the past 16 years. Paula has led pre-conferences at Learning Forward's (NSDC) Conferences, ACSA's Annual Conferences and Leadership Summits, the Kentucky Association of School Administrators' Annual Conference, and keynotes at the Dallas Public School Mentoring Symposium, the Virginia Staff Development Council's Annual Conference, and the Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Leadership Conference hosted by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas. Her work this past year included The International School of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia and Educare, the Singapore Teachers Union, Singapore.

Paula holds a Master of Education with an emphasis on Special Education from the University of North Florida, and has completed post-graduate course work in administration and educational leadership at the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, and George Mason University. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Oklahoma. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education by MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois, as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Education by the College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. She has been a history and social studies teacher, a physical education teacher, a kindergarten teacher, a special education teacher, coordinator of special education programs, a school administrator, and professional development specialist in school districts across the country. She can be reached at paula@justaskpublications.com. For more information about Just ASK Publications & Professional Development, visit http://www.justaskpublications.com.