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The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools and Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day Paperback – July 22, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1118450284 ISBN-10: 1118450280 Edition: 3rd

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The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide by Julia G. Thompson


According to numerous reports, almost half of the new teachers who will begin teaching this year will change professions within five years. What makes the first years of a teacher's career so challenging?

Education is a complex profession involving extremely high stakes for everyone concerned. Even with excellent training, new teachers often find the reality of managing a classroom overwhelming. I began writing advice for new teachers after watching a first-year teacher struggle with a photocopier. I realized that something as simple as making handouts had the potential to ruin a teacher's day. In The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide, I try to offer practical solutions to the daily problems that today's teachers have to manage. I want the advice that I offer to be realistic, sensible, and, most of all, useful.

If the first years of a career in education are so difficult, why would anyone choose to teach?

The first-year teachers that I work with are remarkable people--professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated. Perhaps the most significant characteristic that I have observed in beginning teachers is an idealistic sense of purpose. More than ever before, I see hard-working novice teachers who are committed to the success of every one of their students. These new teachers inspire all of us with their belief that they can change the world one classroom at a time.

You are a practicing classroom teacher. How have your experiences as an educator shaped your beliefs about the needs of new teachers?

I'm proud to be a classroom teacher. Working with students every day allows me to have firsthand insights into the issues that affect education professionals in twenty-first century schools. Like many other veteran educators, though, I had to learn much of what I know about teaching by trial and error. This is the book that I needed as a first-year teacher. I remember all too well how awful it felt when I didn't know what to do when things went wrong. Worst of all, I had no idea where to look for the answers that I needed. I have tried to fill The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide with practical information that will give novice teachers the self-assurance they need to be successful.

Discipline problems are often cited as a leading cause of stress for educators. How does this book help teachers with potential discipline issues?

Discipline problems can have a devastating impact on students and teachers alike. No matter how carefully planned a lesson may be, if students are disruptive, they just can't learn. Learning how to manage discipline issues is crucial to a teacher's peace of mind. I have devoted whole sections to preventing problem behavior and dealing with discipline challenges in the classroom, as well as a “troubleshooting guide” for the 25 most common classroom problems. In addition, two sections focus on building strong relationships with students and helping students relate well to each other. Finally, there is a section on how to motivate students to be successful. Directly and indirectly, suggestions for coping with discipline issues permeate almost every page of the book.

The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide is a big book. Were you worried that first-year teachers would be discouraged at how much they have to learn?

It is a big book. However, education is a very big undertaking. The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide is not meant to be read in sequence from beginning to end. Instead, the book is divided into seventeen smaller sections so that teachers can choose the topics that they need to review at any given moment. There's a detailed table of contents and an even more detailed index so that it's easy to find helpful solutions, ideas, and strategies. I love it when I meet readers who show me their dog-eared copies filled with sticky notes and highlighted passages. Those teachers have personalized the material so that it is meaningful and helpful. I hope all readers of the book do that.

If you had only one piece of advice for first-year teachers, what would it be?

Be proactive! Transform challenges into opportunities. Countless studies indicate that teachers are the most significant factor in any student's schooling. Don't ever doubt that your impact on your students will be far more powerful than you can ever realize.

From the Back Cover

Everything Beginning Educators Need to Survive and Thrive in the Classroom

USE THIS BOOK FOR PD! Features a free downloadable guide for PD trainers

The completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide offers beginning teachers a wide variety of tested strategies, activities, and tools for creating a positive and dynamic learning environment while meeting the challenges of each school day. The book is filled with valuable tips, suggestions, and ideas that help teachers with everything from becoming effective team players and connecting with students to handling behavior problems and working within diverse classrooms.

This new third edition covers changes in K–12 education over the past five years as well as the basics of teaching and classroom management that have made the book a trusted resource for new educators.

Updates include information on how to

  • Teach in an overcrowded classroom
  • Find teacher freebies and create a productive classroom environment on a budget
  • Use digital tools to design and deliver innovative, engaging, relevant lessons
  • Help students prepare for standardized tests and other assessments
  • Handle "homework push-back" from parents and guardians
  • Help students learn to assume responsibility and become self-disciplined learners
  • The book includes a bonus DVD with video instruction on key topics as well as downloadable versions of the worksheets and much, much more.

Praise for The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide

"This useful guide gives new teachers a wealth of practical information, resources, and tools. Whether she's helping readers to handle tough classroom challenges or coaching them on how to develop a professional demeanor, Thompson's experience shines through on every page."

Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion and Practice Perfect

"To get through your first year of teaching you need a friend, a trusted colleague, a mentor. You need someone who is there for you, believes in you, and cheers you on! Thompson is that friend, colleague, and mentor you can to turn to anytime you need."

Andrea Honigsfeld, EdD, professor, Molloy College, New York

"This book will be your most treasured resource as a new teacher! You will turn to it often for the comfort and inspiration you need as well as to sustain the passion you brought to teaching in the first place. The practical tips on collaboration, instructional strategies, freebie resources, student engagement, behavior, and more will empower you every step of the way."

Pat Wyman, founder, HowToLearn.com; author, Amazing Grades

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (July 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118450280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118450284
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Best-selling author Julia Thompson has been a public school teacher for more than 35 years.
Thompson currently teaches English in Fairfax County, Virginia, and she is an active speaker, consultant, teacher trainer and workshop presenter.

Author of The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide, First-Year Teacher's Checklist, The First-Year Teachers' Survival Guide Professional Development Kit and Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher, she also publishes a website (juliagthompson.com) offering tips for teachers on a wide variety of topics as well as a blog at juliagthompson@blogspot.com.You can also follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TeacherAdvice. She also blogs for BAM Radio Network at: http://www.bamradionetwork.com/home/categories/listings/what-if

Recently, Julia was honored to be nominated for a 2015 Bammy Award celebrating all that is good in education. To learn more about her nomination or to vote for her, go to http://www.bammyawards.org/nominations/index.php/component/content/article/69-education-commentatorblogger/1561-julia-thompson.html

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You will be inspired and encouraged.
Amy Halsall
The text is practical in its layout, providing charts, checklists, and diagrams that are immediately helpful.
Luann Scott
I'm a first year teacher and I wish that I had used this book during methods or student teaching.
Tim

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pat G. on September 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I recently received a copy of this book, and I was very impressed with the many helpful suggestions and examples given in the book. I am a retired teacher, and I think how much I would like to have had this book when I began teaching. It is a treasure for those just beginning a teaching career. Thompson has done an outstanding job.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amy Halsall on March 12, 2014
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This is an amazing resource that should be in every school! This book and accompanying DVD contain lots of well-organized information that is essential to a successful classroom. This book has excellent advice that is positive and affirming and is a guide to help you thrive as a first year teacher. It is also excellent for more seasoned teachers when they are encountering issues that might come up in the classroom. This is a great book for teachers who are trying to be reflective and improve their practice.
If you are looking for resources on differentiation, technology, collaboration, assessing, working with parents, motivation, standards and planning, positive behavior management, and so much more. Then this is a great resource-lots of ready to use forms and information to make your classroom and your first year be great. You will be inspired and encouraged.

Amy H.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pat Wyman on November 5, 2013
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As a college professor for teachers, this book is the one I recommend the most for first year teachers. Once you have the book you will be so very grateful, and use it every single day. The strategies and personal touches from the author make you feel like she is in the classroom with you - mentoring you personally!

The book is more than practical and a true resource that you will treasure throughout your years of teaching. You'll find everything you could possibly ever want or need all in one place in this remarkable book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AJ on October 27, 2013
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I am a teacher candidate way up here in the frozen wastelands of Canada and I was hopelessly lost. I purchased this wonderful tome the other day and it straightened out all the confusion I had with my course work. The text is elegantly laid out so I found what I needed desperately right away. The included disk is a bonus with a plethora of useful data for complete novices such as myself. I'm glad I stumbled on this wonderful text as it has just saved my arse, and given its size that's quite the achievement.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luann Scott on September 24, 2013
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Thompson's latest book joins an incredible line of helpful and effective tools for the beginning teacher and the experienced teacher alike. The text is practical in its layout, providing charts, checklists, and diagrams that are immediately helpful. More than that, it is an inspirational guide for teachers. Once again, Thompson has produced a first-class work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Athanasius on January 26, 2014
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I am a professor who teaches classroom management and discipline. I have used several books through the years , but this text is by far the best there is. There are many worthy texts on classroom management and discipline out in the field, but this one is the most user-friendly. The DVD that accompanies the text is an added bonus. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kat on November 12, 2013
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I recently got a copy of this book as I work with new teachers in my building. I have to say that it is not only a great resource for new teachers, but I have found it helpful too! I have been teaching for 11 years now, and there have been times when I have grabbed something out of it to implement in my own classroom. Very organized and tons of real-world, practical examples.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlene Herrala on September 24, 2013
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This book is a must-have for the busy teacher who wants to be organized. Thompson provides practical, tried and true advice, methods and checklists that are valuable for both the teacher who is new to the classroom or a seasoned veteran. We are fortunate that she is willing to share "what works" with the rest of us!
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