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The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day (Jossey-Bass Survival Guides) [Paperback]

Julia G. Thompson
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June 29, 2007 0787994553 978-0787994556 2
The best-selling First Year Teacher's Survival Kit gives new 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. Packed with valuable tips, the book helps new teachers with everything from becoming effective team players and connecting with students to handling behavior problems and working within diverse classrooms.

The new edition is fully revised and updated to cover changes in the K-12 classroom over the past five years. Updates to the second edition include:

• New ways teachers can meet the professional development requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act
• Entirely new section on helping struggling readers, to address the declining literacy rate among today’s students
• Expanded coverage of helpful technology solutions for the classroom
• Expanded information on teaching English Language Learners
• Greater coverage of the issues/challenges facing elementary teachers
• More emphasis on how to reach and teach students of poverty
• Updated study techniques that have proven successful with at-risk students
• Tips on working effectively within a non-traditional school year schedule
• The latest strategies for using graphic organizers
• More emphasis on setting goals to help students to succeed
• More information on intervening with students who are capable but choose not to work
• Updated information on teachers’ rights and responsibilities regarding discipline issues
• Fully revised Resources appendix including the latest educational Web sites and software



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From the Back Cover

The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide, Second Edition

The completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling First-Year Teacher's Survival Kit 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 for helping teachers with everything from becoming effective team players and connecting with students to handling behavior problems and working within diverse classrooms.

This new edition has been updated to reflect recent changes in the K–12 classroom and includes the most current information to

  • Meet the professional development requirementsof the No Child Left Behind Act
  • Help struggling readers

  • Implement technology solutions for the classroom

  • Teach English language learners

  • Reach and teach students in poverty

  • Work effectively within a nontraditionalschool-year schedule

  • Use graphic organizers creatively

  • Set goals to help students succeed

  • Intervene with students who are capable butchoose not to work

  • Understand teachers' rights and responsibilities regarding disciplinary issues

Praise for the Second Edition of The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide

"Every new teacher of the twenty-first century needs this book! Julia Thompson has skillfully created an invaluable survival guide filled with a wealth of expertise and wisdom to help new teachers through almost every problem they may encounter."
—Sherry Cameron, sixth-grade resource teacher,Richard B. Wilson K–8 School, Tucson, Arizona

"Julia Thompson's First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide offers new teachers time-tested, practical, and innovative advice on how to manage critical aspects of a teacher's life. Thompson uses her own expertise and high standards to show novice professionals how they can not just survive, but thrive. Best of all, her own love of her students shines on every page."
—Margaret Hallau, director, National Outreach, Research, and Evaluation Network at the Laurent Clerc NationalDeaf Education Center, Gallaudet University

"This book should be mandatory reading for all beginning teachers! Julia Thompson has created an invaluable resource that will empower new teachers with its wealth of practical information, classroom-proven strategies, and wise advice."
—Robin Gardner, Uniserv director,Virginia Education Association, Richmond, Virginia

About the Author

Julia G. Thompson has been a public school teacher for more than twenty-five years. She has taught a wide variety of subjects including English, reading, special education, math, geography, home economics, physical education, and employment skills. She is the best-selling author of Discipline Survival Kit for the Secondary Teacher.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (June 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787994553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787994556
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,836 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. She has taught a wide variety of subjects including English, reading, special education, math, geography, home economics, physical education, and employment skills. Her students have ranged from reluctant seventh graders to gifted college students.

Thompson currently teaches English in Fairfax County, Virginia, and she is an active speaker, consultant, teacher trainer and workshop presenter. She has also lead workshops nationally for the Bureau of Education and Research.

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.

Customer Reviews

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book May Replace Harry Wong December 4, 2007
By ELH
Format:Paperback
Though a fan of Harry Wong's "The First Days of School" I was recently shown this text by a colleague of mine. She had received an extra review copy in her mailbox and we were talking about texts to use in our related college classes.

I spent an afternoon in this book, thinking, "Wow I wish I'd had this as a first year teacher." This is basically a "big book" of short articles, essays, lists, and anecdotes covering every aspect of classroom teaching.

The text is beautifully designed, logically organized, and well-written. This book explains so many of the practical aspects of teaching. Aspects that will quickly determine a young teacher's success in the classroom (and in many cases the duration of their career in it).

For twenty bucks, even veteran teachers should have a copy on the shelf.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Buy this book before school begins! August 18, 2007
Format:Paperback
I could only wish I had owned a copy of this book when I began teaching thirty one years ago. Thompson handles every aspect of the teaching life with clarity, with humor, and with clear and direct suggestions. Her approach is directed enough that even a beginner can follow her guidelines, yet she offers even the most seasoned veteran new things to consider. Bravo!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For New Teachers! July 30, 2007
By Rick
Format:Paperback
Don't be fooled by the title. Julia Thompson's book provides valuable information for teachers of all experience levels. This book is like having a mentor sitting next to you in your living room. I don't care how well you know your subject, when was the last time you actually had another teachers opinion on rearranging the classroom? New teachers you will gain a valuable insight on the little things college classes miss, and us old vets will still learn new tricks. Intelligent, Thorough and on Topic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teacher September 15, 2007
Format:Paperback
Fantastic book for first time teachers. It provides great insight and feedback as to how to get started and particularly how to maintain control of the classroom. One book that didn't miss anything pertaining to kids education, a book that every first time or any teacher should have in their library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray!!!!!!! August 13, 2007
Format:Paperback
I work with new teachers throughout the year and this book is exactly what they need. The tips in the reader friendly book can help the first year teacher be prepared on the first day. I highly recommend this book for school divisions or for any teacher you know who is about to start their first year!
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38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluff heavy, content light September 12, 2007
Format:Paperback
As a first year teacher I am looking for books that offer concrete advice and practical techniques to help kids learn. This book offered little of either of those, instead giving long lists of one-sentence platitudes and self-surveys with no relevance to the classroom. While this book may offer some insights for the aspiring teacher, you can find most of what's in here in other teacher prep books or just by asking other teachers. For techniques that are detailed and applicable (if a bit old fashioned), check out Fred Jones' Tools for Teaching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for an old rusty teacher like me, too! June 1, 2011
By Davie D
Format:Paperback
To echo what another reviewer said, I'm also glad I disregarded the "first-year" business in the title of this handy little gem. As someone who's been at this game for a long time, I needed to get back to basics, rev my self up and reexamine the structure of my classroom.

On the practical side of things, this book fit the bill. The author provides many beneficial tips and tricks, and overall, the advice has helped me bring focus and productivity back to my teaching--you might say it put the fire back into my classroom.

On a more personal nature, if you're like me, and have gotten crusty over the years, you might need to be reminded why we do this in the first place. "The Courage to Teach" did just that, along with "The Joy of Teaching" and "Buddha in the Classroom; Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers," all of which--well, let's put it this way, if this one put the fire back into my classroom, those put the fire back into my heart.

1.The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 10th Anniversary Edition
2.The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman)
3.Buddha in the Classroom: Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for teachers September 16, 2007
Format:Paperback
Julia Thompson enlightens all teachers as well as other professionals in an easy-to-read informative look at what makes for a successful careers. The first half of the book details in short sentences and checklists tools for all jobs, i.e. coping with stress, dress, and overall professionalism. The second half delves into the classroom with insight on how to prepare and also what to expect. All teachers, whether beginners or seasoned pros will find this book extremely helpful without the heaviness of most educational tomes. A must buy !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless for real preparation
I bought this book in anticipation of having my own class. I reached for it when I got that class.

And balked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kirtland Peterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
This book was in good condition and packed fairly well. The book came with partially removed name stickers but those will easily come off.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good tips. As a first year teacher, I wish I had found the book sooner. Will still use in the future.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide
A very useful guide for new teachers. All of the helpful suggestions are truly awesome. This is a keeper as far as reference books are concerned in education.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Common Sense
I think this book is great considering I am still in school for Elementary Education. I bought it just so that I would be ahead when I did my internship. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TheJollyK
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding guide for new--and veteran--teachers
This book has a wealth of information for any teacher, including tips for classroom management, how to keep students on task, how to assess students in several ways other than just... Read more
Published 10 months ago by N. Woodruff
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!
As a first year teacher there were so many questions and scenarios going through my mind, but this survival guide answered them and so many more! Read more
Published 13 months ago by K. Gonzales
4.0 out of 5 stars First Year Teacher Tips
Not through the entire book yet, even though I started reading the same day I received it. Lots of valuable information so I want to take my time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for first year Teachers!
I felt like I had been given the worst first couple months and was confused as to why and how I could change my thinking; I know I am called to teach so having such a rough first... Read more
Published 14 months ago by MEG MACAULAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for new teacher
I'm a brand new teacher and always on the hunt for new and helpful resources to help get you through that first tough year. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lauren Parrott
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