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Your First Year as a High School Teacher: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professionalby Lynne Marie Rominger
Synopses & Reviews
Survive & Thrive in the Classroom From Day One!
Teaching high school students is the toughest job you'll ever love. Of course, often it is an acquired love. You must learn to manage your students' education and play parent, counselor, police officer, and mentor. Wow! Now relax—it doesn't have to be overwhelming. With a little preparation you can ensure that you and your students get the most out of your time in the classroom and enjoy it!
Full of real-world advice and answers for the complex issues facing today's high school teachers, this down-to-earth and witty book will teach you how to create an atmosphere of cooperation, learning, and respect within your classroom. Use this helpful guide as your personal mentor to achieve a successful and satisfying career as a high school teacher.
Earn straight A's your first year by knowing how to:
Create an attention-grabbing and interactive teaching environment
Manage difficult students and unique teenage problems
Communicate, educate, and have fun with your students
Balance the demands of old-school administrators and pushy parents
Fairly assess, grade, and evaluate students
Develop effective and engrossing lesson plans
"Straightforward, up-to-date, and engaging. I've seen a lot of resource books for new teachers, and this is the best of the bunch."
—Wendell Geis, continuing education administrator, University of California, Davis
Lynne Rominger is a teacher and freelance writer. An accomplished journalist, she lives in Roseville, California.
Suzanne Packard Laughrea, a respected speaker and presenter on education and English, has 19 years of high school teaching experience. She lives in Rocklin, California.
Natalie Elkin is a high school teacher with a psychology background who also has experience as a middle school teacher. She resides in Sacramento, California.
Table of Contents
I: So . . . You Want to Be a Teacher
1. Opening Pandora's Box
2. The Nitty-Gritty
II: Setting Up Your Classroom
3. Organizing Your Classroom
4. A Splash of Chartreuse, Construction Paper, and a Brain in a Jar: Decorating Your Room and Gathering Supplies
5. Lockdown—Your Rules
III: Lesson Planning
6. Blockhead and Traditionalists: Understanding Your School Year and Schedule
7. Knowing and Organizing Your Curriculum
8. Mom Always Said, "Be Prepared": Lesson Plans
9. Incorporating Multimedia
10. I'm Outta Here!: Preparing for Absences from Your Classroom
IV: Classroom Management
11. Breaking the Rules
12. Developing an Effective Seating Arrangement
13. Reducing Downtime: Quick Transitions
V: Communication and Contact
14. Communicating with Parents
15. Cocktail Weiners and Communicating with Faculty
16. Maintaining and Nurturing Relationships with Students
VI: Grading, Assessing, and Evaluating
17. Creating Your Grading System
18. Assessing Students
19. On Display: Evaluations
VII: Odds and Ends
20. Seeking Support
21. Procuring and Keeping a Teaching Assistant
22. Rebels Without a Cause: Difficult Kids
23. Teacher Associations/Unions: To Join or Not to Join
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