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Thinking About Teaching High School? What You Need to Know Before You Sign the Contract [Kindle Edition]

Faye Allen
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Book Description

My first year of teaching was absolutely the worst year of my life. The only reason I went back for my second was that I had gone to college on a teaching scholarship and unless I completed four years of teaching, I had to pay back a lot of money. Fortunately for me, my second year was a lot better than my first, and by the time I completed the required four years, I could not imagine myself doing anything else.

During the thirty years that I taught high school, I served as mentor to a lot of beginning teachers, both officially and unofficially, and although no two of the teachers I worked with had exactly the same experience, they all felt just as lost and bewildered as I had during my first year.

A couple of years after I retired, a former student asked if I had any “words of wisdom” for her as she began her first year teaching. I don’t know how “wise” anything I told her was, but that conversation was the foundation for this booklet.

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  • File Size: 194 KB
  • Print Length: 52 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481079441
  • Publisher: Faye Allen (April 27, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JMEN3G
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief, brutally honest, and brilliant. December 1, 2010
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This little booklet should be required reading in all Intro to Education classes.

Countless children claim to want to be veterinarians or nurses when they grow up, yet there are still shortages in these professions. Once conscious of the sheer amount of waste that must be cleaned up on a daily basis, smiling all the while, many change their minds and pursue other vocations. So it is with teaching.

With thirty years in the public school system, Ms. Allen tells war stories as only a battle-scarred veteran can, with the stated hope that "forewarned... your first year as a teacher will be more enjoyable and successful". Despite the unpleasantness of the portrait she paints - overworked, underfunded, without friends or free time, blamed for failure but rarely praised for success - it is abundantly clear that she loves her profession, so much so that she would frighten would-be bad teachers away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend! September 3, 2012
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This is a great outline of what someone needs to know their first year of teaching. It would even be useful for someone with years of experience. Even experienced teachers need to be reminded of this stuff from time to time.

If you're looking at the page count like I did, thinking it's a pamphlet, and that it can't seriously cover the subject in that much detail - the author does cover everything you probably will need to know about surviving your first year as a teacher. Back during my first year of teaching I was lucky, and got a really great teacher assigned to be my mentor for my first two years. If someone had taken all the words of wisdom and advice that she gave me over those two years and boiled them down, a book like this would be the result.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very short book July 27, 2013
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This thin book was more like a long essay than a book. It had a few good points, but was not organized well. I felt I got the same information and much, much more from "Rookie Teaching for Dummies" by Michael Kelley.
This book was definitely not worth the $7 I paid for it. Sorry, Faye Allen.
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