Finding Success the First Year: A Survivor's Guide for New Teachers

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R&L Education, 2010 - Education - 259 pages
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New teachers have it tough. They have a very difficult and complex job, and they must learn how to do it in front of a studio audience of unruly adolescents, anxious parents, and watchful administrators. To help new teachers navigate this daunting backdrop, Finding Success the First Year is here to act as a personal guide to the first year of teaching. This book was written by a new teacher navigating through his own first year, and it uses those experiences to serve as a foundation for a step-by-step guide on how to survive and thrive in that all important first year. With everything from answers to frequent new-teacher questions and warnings of common new teacher pitfalls to specific strategies and veteran tricks useful for clawing back precious hours of the day, Matthew Johnson gives clear tips and clear reasons for them in a straightforward, jargonless voice and a mixture of practicality and philosophy.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Unit One THE SECRET WEAPONS
5
CHAPTER ONE ENTHUSIASM
7
CHAPTER TWO SETTING THE RIGHT TONE
15
CHAPTER THREE RESPECT
21
CHAPTER FOUR THE POWER OF POSITIVITY
29
Unit Two WHO ARE YOUR STUDENTS?
35
CHAPTER FIVE TEACHING COMMON SENSE
37
Unit Six THE TOOLS OF THE TRADE
147
CHAPTER TWENTY LECTURES
149
CHAPTER TWENTYONE DISCUSSIONS
154
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO GROUP WORK
160
Unit Seven CHEAT SHEETS
165
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE HOW TO RESPOND TO A QUESTION YOU DONT HAVE AN ANSWER FOR
167
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR A STUDENT CHEATS
173
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN IN GOOD CLASSROOMS
179

CHAPTER SIX STUDENTS ARE FRAGILE
43
CHAPTER SEVEN TEACHING IS A GAME OF INCHES
48
Unit Three RELATING TO YOUR STUDENTS
55
CHAPTER EIGHT KEEPING LESSONS CLEAR
57
CHAPTER NINE HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR STUDENTS
64
CHAPTER TEN STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY OR YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER
72
CHAPTER ELEVEN HOW TO DESIGN A FOOLPROOF LESSON
78
CHAPTER TWELVE HOW TO DELIVER A FOOLPROOF LESSON
87
Unit Four MANAGING YOUR STUDENTS
95
CHAPTER THIRTEEN IDLE THREATS AND CONSEQUENCE SCALES
97
CHAPTER FOURTEEN USING YOUR VOICE AND BODY AS TEACHING TOOLS
102
CHAPTER FIFTEEN HOW TO RESPOND TO UNWANTED BEHAVIOR
107
CHAPTER SIXTEEN TROUBLE IS COMPLEX
114
Unit Five BUILDING YOUR CLASSROOM FOUNDATION
121
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN SETTING THE GROUND RULES
123
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN PHYSICALLY SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM
133
CHAPTER NINETEEN CLASSROOM RITUALS
141
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX PRESSING THE RESET BUTTON ON THE CLASSROOM
187
Unit Eight THE TASKS
193
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN DEALING WITH PARENTS
195
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT TEACHING TO EVERYONE
203
Unit Nine THE TRAPS
211
THE PITCHES
213
CHAPTER THIRTY THE URGE TO BE GROOVY
217
CHAPTER THIRTYONE FRIENDLY FIRE
221
Unit Ten THE TRICKS
227
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO THE ADVANTAGES OF BEING A NEW TEACHER
229
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE THE ROLE OF EMOTION IN THE CLASSROOM
235
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
241
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE BECOMING AN ORGANIZATIONAL CHAMPION
251
A FINAL WORD
257
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
259
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In the two short years of his career, Matthew Johnson has already experienced a variety of schools, taught most of grades 7 12, and striven to be a part of every little corner of school life. To learn more about Finding Success the First Year, and to get your hands on essential first-year teacher resources, please visit the author's website: www.matthewmjohnson.com.

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