- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1138126152
- ISBN-13: 978-1138126152
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher 1st Edition
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“The authors of Your First Year have done an amazing job with this book. The book presents strategies and ideas in an easy-to-use format. This book is an amazing tool for ANY teacher needing help with classroom procedures, students, parents, and co-workers!” --Sara Cope, Principal and Former Teacher, BonDeCroft Elementary, Sparta, TN
“Loaded with common-sense best practices, the authors give remarkable insights into classroom management. This book will be a catalyst for helping new educators hone their craft of teaching at any level or content area through the use of proven strategies and reflective questions. Your First Year models equitable instructional practices while giving timely advice through real-life examples.” --Gail A. Epps, Program Manager, New Teacher Induction, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland
"Your First Year is not only an essential "must read" for new teachers, but is also an inspiring reminder to experienced teachers about the nuts and bolts of a classroom that support learning. The Whitakers have managed to translate volumes of research on effective pedagogy into a very practical and useful book that I imagine will be found in the teacher's library well-worn from constant reference." --Phillip S. Rogers, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
"Your First Year is designed to bring out the best in new teachers. It is a great combination of practical application and research-based practices that goes beyond the typical classroom set-up and procedures by exploring how to troubleshoot when things don't go as planned. As a principal, I would want my new teachers to read this book to guide them on their first year of teaching. With the Whitakers' book to guide them, new teachers will be primed for a successful school year, and students will be the winners." --Jayne Ellspermann, Principal of West Port High School, Ocala, Florida and President, National Association of Secondary School Principals (2016-2017)
“Your First Year is a book all teacher candidates and first year teachers should be required to read. The sound and practical advice in structuring and managing the classroom is invaluable, and the important interaction tips will help keep more of our young teachers in the classroom. Without a doubt, this book contains the essence to survival and becoming an effective teacher.” –Dr. Charles Kent Runyan, Professor, College of Education, Pittsburg State University
"The advice the authors provide is positive and encouraging, and serves to prevent some potential (and predictable) problems in the classroom. It is also a great review/reference guide for veteran teachers who are seeking to tune up their current teaching practices."--Linda Biondi, MiddleWeb, middleweb.com
"The first year of a teacher's career is really important - new teachers need support and reassurance to start off successfully and to cope with the pressure that year brings. The book is relevant for primary and secondary teachers as the author has worked with his daughters - Madeline, an elementary teacher, and Katherine, a secondary teacher. This means readers have the assurance that the step-by-step guidance is based on experience [...] It is a succinct book and that's perfect for new teachers who will have plenty to do without ploughing through masses of information to find relevant points." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch
About the Author
Todd Whitaker is a professor of educational leadership at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He is a leading presenter in the field of education and has written more than 40 books, including the national bestseller, What Great Teachers Do Differently.
Madeline Whitaker is an elementary school teacher in Springfield, Missouri.
Katherine Whitaker is a former middle school teacher who now teaches high school in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Something that should be stressed to anyone that is going into the teaching profession is that teaching is hard work. Of all the different kinds of employment that I've had over the years, being a teacher was the hardest, the most stressful and mentally exhausting. I should temper that a bit and say that it was also the most satisfying and rewarding. Even with all the advice that someone can give someone, the first year of teaching is going to be an eye opener. Whatever can go wrong will and pretty much any and all planning will be out the window before the end of the year. You need to be adaptable if you're going to survive.
Books like this one are helpful, some more than others. There are a lot of similar books to choose from and I personally recommend reading more than just one. I also recommend keeping those books handy and rereading them over the course of the school year as with more hands-on experience you're going to find that you will be able to evaluate the advice and suggestions better. And it doesn't hurt to refresh your memory again.
This book gives some good advice, it covers a lot of what a first year teacher needs to know. Starting with the basics of setting up and organizing the classroom and ending with being a sponge (observing others). It's a short read - 116 pages, but there is a lot in it. The book also provides a lot of anecdotal examples of situations that illustrate points. These (IMO) are helpful.
All-in-all I heartily recommend the book, but I would also recommend learning as much as you can from the other teachers on your campus.
This is a very slim volume written by a family team consisting of a father and two daughters: the dad teaches at a university in the Midwest, and the daughters are both teachers. Yes, both daughters are teachers! So they teamed up and authored this very slim, very accessibly, very practical book for new teachers. I think experienced teachers would even benefit from reading this book, as it's a good reminder of basic principles and approaches.
SO, WHAT'S IN THE BOOK?
Many of the early, short chapters focus on setting up a very structured classroom, establishing discipline protocols, more planning, and working on filling every moment of your classes with scheduled activities. That's all good advice, I think. This is not a book written by advocates of un-schooling or student-directed, freeform education. This is a practical book about teachers having control and establishing order in their classes.
There is a leaning, I think, in this book toward the earlier grades ... but it's not too pronounced. And as I mentioned, it's not about what you teach ... it's about how you teach. And the key word of the book is structure. These authors firmly believe in planning.
Later in the book the trio of writers take an interesting turn, focusing on the people you need to interface with productively to teach well: your administrators, your students' parents, and your co-teachers. Personally, I think they could have said a tad more about the value of fellow teachers, as (in my experience) they can be an invaluable resource.
So it's a good, informative, sound, easy read. I would suggest it for anyone fresh out of a teacher ed program ... or even someone who is a few years into teaching and needing a refresher.