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How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching Elementary School: Everything You Need to Know That They Don't Teach You in School


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ISBN13: 9781601383372
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The early years of any student’s life, those first elementary school years, can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful, resulting in a slew of emotional, behavioral, and study problems that they rely on their teacher to help overcome. As a first year elementary school teacher, your role is more than just knowledgeable teacher; it is to become a mentor, a friend, and an older figure for young children to look up to. This can be overwhelming, and along with all of the other issues that face first year teachers, it can result in high turnover rates and problematic issues. 

This thorough, well research book has everything first-year teachers in elementary school need to learn how to deal with including supplies, planning, parents, overcrowded classrooms, the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, piles of paperwork, money shortages due to budget cuts, negativity from students and other staff members, at-risk students, students who are capable but choose not to work, and special needs students. You will learn how to ask principals and administrators for help, how to memorize names quickly, how to create seating charts, how to write lesson plans, how to follow a daily routine, how to help struggling readers, how to gain respect, how to get a mentor, how to develop and implement a grading system, how to discipline students, how to create assessments, how to find free things for teachers, and how to build your confidence. And of course, as a first year teacher to students learning how to interact with the world, you will learn how to converse with them on a mature level and help them overcome stresses and problems that they may face in life at school and at home.

Also, you will read about where to go for support, the reality of spending your own money on classroom supplies, mandated tests, technology solutions, and behavior management skills. We spent countless hours interviewing second year teachers, as well as veteran teachers, and have provided you with their proven techniques and strategies for surviving your first year as a teacher. This book will provide everything you need to effectively start teaching students that need a mentor, a teacher, and a friend at a young age and prepare you for your second year as you start becoming the inspiring force you always dreamed of being.

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Marlene J, June 3, 2010 (view all comments by Marlene J)
I always thought the most important quality a qualified teacher should have is patience, but as Tena Green explains, it really is the ability to connect with the students. Before reading her book, I would have argued this point to infinity, based solely on my experiences in school and first hand knowledge of unruly children.

Green’s honesty gives pause and hope to a reader that teaching, while honorable and probably the most important profession, can be challenging. This book is a no-nonsense resource for anyone contemplating pursuing teaching as a profession. Chock-full of advice, the book should be a hit to both the novice and veteran teacher as it tackles a multitude of subjects, like how teachers should appreciate their students’ diversity plus how to work hard and smart.

One thing I found to be missing was some form of an in-depth semblance of explanation on why there is still an achievement gap between urban and suburban children. I felt that such an extensive resource for teachers should at least touch on this widely reported phenomenon and why talented teachers have been unable to diminish its effects.

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Jennifer Carey, April 29, 2010 (view all comments by Jennifer Carey)

This book is a highly useful tool to anyone getting their degree in teaching, looking for a teaching position, or about to start their first day. Not only does this book go into great detail about what to expect on the first day with your students, but also prepares the reader for job interviews, who they might interact with in the faculty and supervisors, and tips on how to become part of a school’s unique community. It goes into intensive detail about things that are beyond just teaching the students to read and write, like what tests the school district must pass in order to be accredited, and what the expectations of you are going to be as a new addition to their learning environment.

The author has gone that extra step to help the reader by including useful websites about how to find school districts in an unfamiliar area, the pros and cons about each school system type, and included real life testimonials from elementary school teachers that have gone through what the reader is about to go through. It gives a real life look at unpleasant situations like not getting along with co-workers, how to deal with budget cuts, mistakes other teachers have made in the past, like giving too much homework. It breaks down everything in to neat categories, from which school districts there are, types of parents you will come across, and types of students in the classroom, and gives ideas about how to handle each person or problem that is comfortable for the teacher.

The book is fast paced and is easy to understand. One of the best tools of the book is the eleven examples of lesson plans in the back. The table to contents is very well done, allowing the reader to use this book as a reference guide over and over if and when any situation comes up they are unsure about. This really is a book that explains everything a teacher needs to know that they didn’t learn from a college classroom!
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talynn-WriterDesigner, April 15, 2010 (view all comments by talynn-WriterDesigner)
How To Be Successful In Your First Year Of Teaching Elementary School by Tena Green

What a fabulous resource! This book fills you in on everything you need to know for dealing with the parents of your students, other teachers, and of course, your students! You will not believe the amount of information that is packed into this volume!

Tena walks you through the entire journey of teaching. She begins her book with the high calling and privilege you face when you decide on the field of teaching, followed by tips on looking for a job and applying for that job. Next, she touches on your working relationship with those who work with you, and ideas for making the most of your classroom layout and plans. I really enjoyed this chapter. She covered ideas for your bulletin boards and getting you space into shape. Ms. Green also makes great use of lists she has composed for ideas and activities to use with your students!

The author explains the best possible solutions for surviving your day. And not just surviving, but excelling in all you do, from remembering your students names to setting goals and organizing you time. Don’t miss chapter six!

Chapter seven and eight are also must- reads. These chapters deal with your students and why they think and act the way they do. Consider this information as a mini psychology class. Chapter eight describes incredible information you will want to know about reaching out to your students needs.

The final chapters of this marvelous book deals with parents and how to interact with them, tips for maintaining a good attitude, and ways to end the school year with happy feelings, despite the sadness you may encounter as you watch your children march out of the classroom one last time! (Encourage the students to talk about their favorite part of the school year while they enjoy a going away party!)

Just when you think the book is finished, you come to the appendix! I think it’s the best part of the entire book! Eleven sample lesson plans, wonderful web resources, and an awesome bibliography make this book first rate! Being a teacher myself, I found this part of the book indispensible!

I give this book a SOLID 5 star rating!
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Product Details

Green, Tena
Atlantic Publishing Group (FL)
Foreword by:
Baker, Carol
Baker, Carol
Baker, Carol
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Professional Development
Classroom management -- United States.
First year teachers -- United States.
Education-Classroom Resources
General education.
Education : Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Classroom management
Elementary, Middle & High School
First-year Educator™ Series
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8.90x6.00x.90 in. .90 lbs.

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