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Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College) Paperback – March 6, 2013
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This book is just exactly what its title states. Filled with real-world tips and situations for teachers new and old, it’s a very user-friendly manual. One will not read about which teaching strategies and philosophies are best here but instead will find practical how-to’s for events like room setup, managing parents in the classroom, and successfully carrying out field trips. Reading this title cover-to-cover in one sitting could be overwhelming for a first-year educator. It’s a perfect resource, though, for browsing or flipping to sections to address specific questions. Clear headings, “by the way” text boxes, and bold-faced personal experiences make sought-for information easy to find. Throughout is the underlying advice that each teacher must do what works best for his or her own students, but what is missing is the crucial encouragement to partner with the school librarian for collaboration opportunities. Still, educators new and experienced can all gain more than a few teacher-tested methods from this helpful volume. --Julie Green
“Good advice for novice and veteran teachers alike. Whether readers take in the guide from cover to cover or dip in as needed (which will be often), they will leave with a greater sense of confidence.” —ForeWord Reviews
“In a straightforward, friendly tone, Kriegel details all the things a teacher needs to know to keep those plates spinning . . . This book is one to keep on the resource shelf for new teachers, mentor teachers, as well as experienced teachers looking for new solutions for common classroom issues.” —TeacherWriter.net
“Otis Kriegel is the teacher every parent wants their child to have. For those who care about improving the quality of our schools you simply have to hope that elementary teachers and parents will buy and read this book.” —Bob Kerrey, president emeritus, The New School
“When I first started teaching, I didn’t even know what I didn’t know. I was taking attendance by calling out kids’ names, I didn’t use a seating chart, and I couldn’t figure out why it felt like my students were running the class. How I wish I’d had Otis Kriegel’s book back then! This is an indispensable guide for any teacher, whether they’re just starting out or looking for straight-up, sensible advice on how to improve their classroom and their practice.” —Dan Moulthrop, former teacher and coauthor, with Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari, of Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers
“Challenging many of the night frights that haunt newcomers to the teaching profession, Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know offers sweeping and practical guidance to the novice teacher. Through engaging anecdote and lucid reflection, Kriegel draws on his own professional journey in making a vital contribution to the field of teacher education.” —Michael Grady, Ed.D., Deputy Director and Clinical Assistant Professor, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
“Drawing upon his own years of teaching and reflections on what it means to teach well, Kriegel offers readers a practical, personable road map for how they can become better teachers.” —Brad Olsen, associate professor of education, University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Teaching What They Learn, Learning What They Live: How Teachers’ Personal Histories Shape Their Professional Development
“Otis Kriegel is the hurricane of fresh air that elementary teacher education needs today.” —Joseph Patrick Rafter, Ph.D, clinical assistant professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
“The tone of the book is warm and inviting, and the reader often feels like he or she is just having a conversation with a veteran teacher over coffee.”—Teachers College Record
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But most of all, and most importantly: Kriegel talks right down to earth in a manner we can all easily understand about Why the Hell We Got Into This Profession Anyway, which is the beautiful thing that you want young teachers to hang on to, desperately. Sometimes the best idealism is straight-up practical knowledge and realism, because it lasts, and because it gets things done. But with every lesson infused with Kriegel's evident love of the art of teaching, the challenges and wonders of children, and the seriousness plus joy of the classroom, ENESTRNTK(bdlc) delivers an inspirational manifesto right when cynicism about education is at its highest. Take it from an old-school vet, kids: Don't leave ed school without this book.
I've ordered a few more copies -- is spring too early for stocking-stuffers? -- for some friends and extended family members who teach. This isn't just a game plan for more effective teaching, it's sort of a survival guide for happier teachers!