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Your First Year As an Elementary School Teacher: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional (Your First Year Series) Kindle Edition

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"Kids are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for!"
— Roxanne P., Buffalo, New York
"The most fun part of teaching is simply listening to the things kids say. On the first day of school I was introducing the subject matter we'd be covering in American history. I asked the kids to think of how a knowledge of history could help people to get along better in life. One of the tough kids in class wasn't volunteering any answers, so I called on him to respond. As he sat up straight in his seat, some of his buddies began guffawing behind him. I ignored them and repeated the question: 'How do you use history to get along?' He turned around to his friends and said, without missing a beat, 'Knock off the laughing, or you're history.'"
—Becka R., Mesa, Arizona
"Sometimes the day's curriculum goes in unexpected directions, no matter how well you plan. Jeff, a chemistry teacher in Minnesota, sat down after a class to plan his next unit. "Suddenly, this loud crack scared me half to death," Jeff says. "I must have jumped three feet. Let's just say one of my students had mixed something combustible! You can tell them over and over again to clean up their messes, but sometimes they don't!"
"What did I learn my first year of school? Get organized!…Even two minutes of disorganization results in complete chaos for the rest of the hour. Get organized."
— Robert T., Galveston, Texas
"Some lessons you only learn through experience."
— Joan M., Kent, Washington
"I really benefited from our state's mandated mentor system my first year teaching, especially in the area of discipline. I overcame several really difficult discipline issues with the sage advice of my mentor. I can't recommend mentoring highly enough. It gave me the foundation I needed to continue teaching through the rough spots."
— Tamara B., Mic...

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Real Solutions and Advice from the Teaching Trenches
Many begin teaching because of a desire to make a difference. But faced with everyday challenges of the classroom, this idealism is often lost. The fact is, teaching is not easy. While there are many personal rewards, teachers must satisfy many constituencies, including students, parents, and administrators. But by being prepared and organized, you can ensure that your first year is fulfilling and productive for both you and your students.
Your First Year as an Elementary School Teacher provides practical solutions to the most common and difficult issues of teaching. Inside is everything you need to know to create an atmosphere of cooperation, learning, and respect within your classroom. Use this helpful book as your mentor and enjoy your first year as a teacher.
Have a successful first year by knowing how to:
·Reach, teach, and have fun with your students
·Create an interesting and interactive classroom environment
·Manage and find new ways to help difficult students
·Develop positive relationships with parents and administrators
·Organize your day to stay on top of the curriculum and grading
·Develop effective and engaging lesson plans
"This complete book is the first thing principals should hand to their new teachers. It has it all!? Angela Kleinberg, reading specialist, Washington School

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  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin K. Potter on June 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is very similar to "Your First Year as a High School Teacher." I think that the authors were trying too hard to make this a how-to book, when it should be regarded instead as a reference book.
What I mean is, the book spells out everything a new teacher has to think about, from discipline, to lesson plans, to staff relations, to supplies, etc. etc. etc. I don't think it really succeeds as a how-to book, though. If you want something like that, start with Harry Wong's "First Days of School" instead. This book might be handy next to your dictionary and thesaurus as a reference guide, though.
The numerous sidebars are what set apart this book from some others. "From the desk of..." provides nice anecdotes and stories. Sometimes it's nice to know that other teachers have also laughed and cried their way through their first years. "Making the grade" points to numerous excellent online resources. Let me stress how good their resources are - this is truly where you could the best use from this book. The "Teaching terms" are a bit condescending (What first-year teacher doesn't know what a 'school assembly' or a 'grade book' is? If there are a lot, we are all in big trouble!).
On the whole, I think first-year teachers will be able to use snippets of this book. But unless you are a subsitute looking for a "crash course" approach to the profession, I think you will be a bit disappointed if you read this book cover to cover.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 2001
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This is a fantastic book! I am a business professional looking to switching careers and go into elementary education, and this book was exactly what I needed to give me a heads up on what my first year as an elementary school teacher would be like. It's well-written, easy to read, and contains lots of tid bits of information that I never would have thought of! If you're considering elementary school teaching as a career, you have to read this book! I'm reading it now before I start my teaching licensure classes, and I'll read it again right before I start my first year of teaching. This book helped me to realize that I really do want to become a teacher.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Harder on May 6, 2001
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This book is truly a fine addition to the limited resources available to first year teachers. It not only gives excellent information on what to expect in your first year, but how to be successful in meeting these challenges. The practical solutions to the everyday issues of teaching are explained with humor as well as authority. The authors bring their experience as educators to the pages making this helpful book a sure winner that will greatly enhance the first year experience for teachers. I will use it and recommend it in my work as a student teacher supervisor.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stuart WL on April 29, 2003
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I ordered this along with Harry Wong's First Days of School as something to give my student teacher. I was not impressed with this book. For $7, get Harry Wong's.
This book does contain some useful information, but it's an easy read, with really very little substance. Much of the information is common sense (like what supplies to keep at your desk, or how to make friends with the office staff). In most cases, this information is given out during student-teaching, college courses, or the district induction program. It contains very little in terms of setting expectations, dealing with crises, organization, etc.
If you do choose to get this book, I hope it would be one of many you'd read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pauline A. Bailey on July 30, 2006
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I don't understand why some buyers gave such low reviews for this book. I think the book is FANTASTIC!!! I graduated in 2003 with a Masters In Education but never completed my Student Teaching so I decided not to pursue a career in Teaching. Recently I've decided to rethink my career choices and I'm in the process of obtaining a Provisional License (once I've taught for one academic year, I can apply for a state license. The Provisional License is used in lieu of Student Teaching). This book was a very detailed refresher for me. It explains everything you need to know. The information is so helpful, easy to understand and useful, a definite 'must have' for first year teachers. It is the best Teachers 'handbook' I've read so far. I can't wait to implement the many practical ideas/suggestions outlined in the book. If you are a new teacher, this book is well worth the investment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ducks on March 18, 2008
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This book would be incredibly useful if, as someone who is entering the first year of a teaching career, you have never taken a single course on education or if you have a 6-8th grade reading level. Vocabulary definitions (for tough terms such as "curriculum" "teacher's edition" and "grade book") appear throughout the book, often on the page following the acutal topic. Helpful hints (which are occasionally helpful) are also scattered throughout the book, although they often again appear a page or two after the associated topic is discussed, interrupting the continuity of reading one subject to add a detail on a subject that seemed completed. Also scattered throughout the book are anticdotes from other teachers. Many are interesting or at least entertaining, however several are from the point of view of experienced teachers mocking the inexperience of new teachers, one even going as far as to describe how she and her colleagues intentionally created distractions in a classroom of a new teacher because they thought it was funny to give him a hard time when they knew his lesson was already flopping. Again, these stories rarely seem to corrolate to the subject in which they are placed. Even the topics in the book are vastly unorganized. For example, in the chapter about setting up your classroom, they order topics as follows: Attendence, field trips, seating charts, referring students for special ed services. Why fieldtrips are important when setting up a classroom (and belong between attendence and seating charts) I have no idea, and quite frankly, I am surprised at the lack of organization considering the sentence structure and word choice makes it clear that the authors are entirely too used to talking to children and have a hard time code switching to (presumably) educated adults.Read more ›
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