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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 – June 29, 2007

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 2 edition (June 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787994553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787994556
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Great forms for copying, ideas for classroom management problems, how to make a great impression, etc.
CK1
It has everything from dealing with parents, administration, students, and co-workers to making your classroom organized and fun!
Amazon Customer
I highly recommend this book for school divisions or for any teacher you know who is about to start their first year!
Robin Gardner

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By ELH on December 4, 2007
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 By Luann Scott on August 18, 2007
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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 By Rick on July 30, 2007
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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 By Robin Gardner on August 13, 2007
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Odilia Rivera on September 15, 2007
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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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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Stodgy Grumpsalot on September 12, 2007
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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 By Davie D on June 1, 2011
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By shieken on June 26, 2008
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I am going to teach at small private school and I have not gone through credential program; so I was desperately looking for a good book to fill me in for preparation of my first year.

The first thing to note is that this is more like a reference than a guide (at least in my opinion), and even the author mentioned to use this book as a reference, despite the big "survival guide" labeled on the book cover.

What's the difference between guide and reference? In this case, guide would be how to do specific task or skill, given some type of situation; think about tutor, or someone/thing that helps you to "walk through" issue. Reference is listing of information for specific or particular topic; think of dictionary or encyclopedia. Although there were sequence of topics, they didn't seem to be integraded enough to be used as a guide. Some of you might say guide & reference are the same thing or disagree with my view.

That being said, let's talk about some negative aspects. This is not a quick reading like the other book I've read Your First Year As a High School Teacher : Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. There are way too many lists / bullet points, each having short as sentence or as long as a paragraph. Because of this format, it was little difficult to read through fluently. Another things is that the organization seem too "hectic" in a sense. There were boxes everywhere, which made my eyes wander around trying to read different boxes and quotes that are separate from the main reading.

Although these are negative, they are of minor significance.

I found this book to be more positive.
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