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The Organized Teacher: A Hands-On Guide to Setting Up and Running a Terrific Classroom Paperback – July 22, 2005

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From the Back Cover

A life-saving guide to maintaining your sanity during your rookie teacher year

Nothing's more daunting for a first-year teacher than the moment when the cold, hard reality of classroom life strikes. It can come in many forms--from the unruly student to pesky state standards--but one thing's for certain: That moment will come, and more will follow. The Organized Teacher takes you beyond theory and into hands-on classroom management.

Designed for use from Day 1, this blueprint for classroom success sees you through your first year by getting right down to the nitty-gritty of "in the trenches" teaching. Among hundreds of valuable tips, The Organized Teacher provides:

  • Advice on everything from desk arrangement to unit planning
  • Sample room setups, from kindergarten to fifth grade
  • Tried-and-true behavior-management strategies
  • Practical advice on creating student portfolios
  • Checklists and signs in reproducible 8-1/2-by-11-inch format
  • Templates and samples of math and writing rubrics

As a new teacher, you'll have to deal with an extraordinary number of tasks, rules, and standards--not to mention the ubiquitous "human factor." This guide will help you make a smooth transition from the cozy comfort of school to the unpredictable, always-eventful profession of teaching.

About the Author

Dr. Kimberly Persiani-Becker is an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction at Cal State University.

Steve Springer has taught and developed training programs in the Los Angeles school district for twelve years.

Brandy Alexander has taught in both public and private schools; he is the recipient of a Golden Apple award for classroom excellence.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071457070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071457071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Asis on February 25, 2006
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I've presented "Getting Started" teacher workshops and have had to assemble a list of useful info from a variety of teacher resources. However, this book is so comprehensive and user friendly that I suggest this as THE starting point for all early career teachers before moving on to other resources. It's also great for veteran teachers who want a fresh look at how to organize the classroom.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By April Pendergrass on July 3, 2009
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This product led me to believe it was appropriate for grades K-8, unfortunatley this is not so. I am a middle school teacher and found this book only to be appropriate for grades K-5, but it focuses on the primary grades. If you teach above fourth grade, don't buy it.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on May 29, 2008
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I focus mostly on matters not elaborated by the other reviewers. This book lists several characteristics of children of each of the elementary grades (K through 8), ideas for positive rewards for children of different ages, the deployment of classroom centers, methods of filing important information, indoor and outdoor games, websites for teachers, and much more. As an experienced educator, I tend to agree with the reviewer who suggests that this book is more applicable to the teaching of younger grades than older ones.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Nichamin on July 2, 2008
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This book has helped me to set up my first 3rd grade classroom, make sure I have the materials I will need for the coming year, and has some helpful reproducibles for use throughout the year. I recommend this book to new teachers - it is comforting to have!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Nicki Walker on June 23, 2008
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This is a fabulous book for new teachers. It gives a variety of check off list and things to consider when setting up your classroom for the first time. It is a short and simple read, gives quick tips and ideas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim C on July 17, 2007
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This is my 4th year as a kindergarten teacher and the tips and guides in this book fits all my needs! Every page is loaded with helpful ideas applicable to any grade level regardless of demographics for your area!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Emanuel on May 13, 2007
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There are so many helpful hints and ideas in the book. I plan on using it next year when I set up my classroom and all year through with all the great ideas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on May 17, 2011
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This is my first time writing a review for anything I have ever purchased. This book is a necessity for all elementary teachers!!! It is so helpful. It provides tons of information, checklists, tips, and suggestions for teachers. It goes right into organization/classroom management/and how to get your students to be cooperative. It also provides tons of reproducibles for teachers to use in the classroom. I'm not talking about assignments-I mean certificates, awards, checklists, logs, hall passes, homework, behavior contracts, etc. It also provides so many notes for students to use in their content area journals. I love them because students can always refer back to these "notes" and use them for assignments. It allows students to work more independently, learn study habits, learn how to become problem solvers, and how use metacognition. I love it, love it, love it!!!! You must purchase it. Totally worth it.
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