Bright Ideas: A Pocket Mentor for Beginning Teachers

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National Education Association, 1997 - Education - 56 pages
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This checklist for beginning teachers (as well as school administrators, mentors, teacher supervisors, and student teachers) includes five sections: "Prepare Personally and Professionally" (the last year in college and getting hired as a teacher); "Success on the Job" (know when to say no, take advantage of a mentor, network to keep current, stress management and self-care, and know what one does and why); "Communication Skills" (telephoning parents, written communication, parent conferences, and communicating with colleagues and administrators); "Classroom Management" (create workable plans, access students' interests and knowledge, accept today's students, vary teaching strategies to reach today's students, and the special needs student); and "Advice from Cyberspace" (ideas gathered for new teachers by posting a message soliciting information on various message boards). (Contains 70 bibliographic references.) (SM)

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Contents

Introduction 5 Who Can Benefit from This Book
5
Organization of This Book PREPARE PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY
6
Your Last Year in College
8
Youre Hired
9
SUCCESS ON THE JOB 14 Know When To Say No
14
Take Advantage of a Mentor
16
Network To Keep Current
18
Stress Management and SelfCare
19
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
31
Create Workable Plans
32
Assess Students Interests and Knowledge
35
Accept Todays Students
37
Varying Teaching Strategies To Reach Todays Students
38
Students with Special Needs
40
ADVICE FROM CYBERSPACE 44 More Bright Ideas
44
RESOURCES
45

Know What You Do and
21
COMMUNICATION SKILLS 24 Telephoning Parents
24
Written Communication
25
Parent Conferences
26
Communicating with Colleagues and Administrators
28
Books
49
Videos
52
WebSites
53
Organizations
54
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