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Your First Year of Teaching and Beyond, Mylabschool Edition
Synopses & Reviews
Designed specifically for pre-service and first year teachers, this practical, hands-on guidebook provides non-theoretical advice on how to tackle teaching challenges and demands. Based on extensive actual research conducted at California State University, San Bernadino, this new and improved Fourth Edition offers an expanded and improved balance of theory and practice in preparation for student teaching or practicum. Material throughout the text is specifically geared to the interests of elementary-, middle-, and high school teachers. Based on research obtained from teachers working in urban, suburban, and rural communities, the text covers a large scope of material, making it applicable for student teachers in all regions as well as all grade levels.
Table of Contents
Each chapter concludes with “Further Reading” and “References.”
The Induction Year.
Research and Practice.
Using This Book.
A Final Focus.
2. Curriculum Planning.
The Importance of Planning.
Long-Range Planning: The Year at a Glance.
Midrange Planning: Instructional Units.
Planning for Diversity.
Daily Plans and Lesson Plans.
A Final Word.
3. Materials and Supplies.
Locating Your Sources.
Ordering Materials Wisely.
Technology in the Classroom.
Going the Extra Mile for Materials.
A Final Freebie of Assurance.
Commercial Internet Access.
4. Classroom Organization and Management.
Routines and Procedures.
A Final Encouragement.
5. Positive Discipline in the Classroom.
Preventing Discipline Problems.
Off to a Good Start.
Looking for Causes.
Two Views of Changing Behavior.
Dangerous and Disruptive Behaviors.
Responses to Avoid.
A Final Don't.
6. Diversity and Authentic Assessment.
Norm Referenced vs. Criterion Referenced Tests.
Standards Come in Two Flavors.
Performance Standards and Rubrics.
Authentic Assessment and Portfolios.
Authentic Diagnosis: Interests and Attitudes.
Authentic Diagnosis: Instruction.
Authentic Assessment: Social and Emotional Growth.
Cycling Assessment Information into Instruction.
Adapting Instruction for Students with Special Needs.
Standardized Test Preparation.
The Second Language Learner.
Especially for Middle and High School Teachers.
A Final Tip.
7. Working with Parents.
Communicating with Parents.
Parents at School.
Parents as Teachers at Home.
A Final Flourish.
8. Working with School Personnel.
Scouting Your School Community.
Working with Your Principal.
Working with Other Teachers.
Working with Paraprofessionals and Paid Aides.
Preparing for Substitute Teachers.
A Final Comment.
9. The First Day.
Questions to Start the Day.
Ten Guiding Principles.
But What Do I Actually Do on the First Day?
Finally, Your Turn.
10. A Balanced Professional Life.
Toward a Reflective Practice.
Professionalism at School.
Keeping Up with Paperwork.
Stress and Rejuvenation.
A Final Note.
What Our Readers Are Saying