In a Class of Your Own: Essential Strategies for the New K 6 Teacher

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SAGE Publications, Aug 16, 2010 - Education - 80 pages
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A teacher's early years are maked as much by learning as by teaching. Unraveling the complexities of the students and the classroom can be a challenging process. This guide provides straightforward, practical, and upbeat advice for novice elementary teachers.

Based on her years of experience working with student teachers and new teachers, the author demystifies the early stages of an education career and offers strategies for handling situations new teachers are likely to face. The book conbines examples from real classrooms and advice from experienced teachers to cover a wide range of topics including planning effective lessons, dealing with specific student behaviours, and communicating with parents.

Chapters include: TIPS, or theory-into-practice strategies, that clearly outline workable solutions; frequently asked questions that address common concerns of new teachers; and time-saving start-up materials, including forms, rubrics, and checklists. Filled with humour, wisdom and encouragement throughout, this book is like a mentor in your very own classroom.

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About the author (2010)

Rhoda M. Samkoff is a popular speaker and educational consultant, formerly a teacher in the Millburn (NJ) School System. She holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City, and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education. She has taught at all of the elementary grade school levels. More than seventy of her students have received honors or awards in writing competitions, or have had their work published. She has mentored student teachers and new teachers, and has intsructed in the Education Deparment at Kean University in New Jersey. Her workshops and seminars focus on successful teaching techniques. Samkoff has authored numerous articles that have appeared in educational magazines and in The New York Times. She has been the recipient of many awards.

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