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

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Corwin Press, Aug 16, 2010 - Education - 80 pages
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Rhoda Samkoff simplifies the process of becoming acclimatised to the teaching profession by addressing concerns that new teachers often have and offering strategies for dealing with the most challenging--and most common--new teacher situations. This handbook is like having a mentor in the classroom next door. Using a blend of examples from real classrooms and advice from experienced teachers, this easy-to-read book provides information on a wide range of topics, such as strategies for planning effective lessons, communicating with parents, and dealing with specific student behaviours. Each chapter includes:

- TIPS, or Theory-Into-Practice Strategies that provide workable strategies for teachers

- Anecdotes from actual classroom situations

- Time-saving reproducible "start-up" materials such as forms, rubrics, and checklists

- Frequently asked questions that address the concerns of new teachers.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Preparing
3
Taking Care of Yourself Before Taking Care of Others
4
Keeping Your Sense of Humor
6
Work Relationships
8
Community Connections
9
Chapter 2 Anticipating
11
Frequently Asked Questions
14
Meeting the Parents
37
The Parent Conference
38
Chapter 6 Instructing
39
Differentiating Instruction
40
Review Review Review
42
Take Out Your Homework
44
Chapter 7 Observing and Being Observed
47
Learning by Observing
48

Chapter 3 Organizing
19
Purposeful Projects
21
Using Teaching Space Wisely
22
Chapter 4 Managing
27
Exercise and Productivity
28
Planning
29
Behavior Issues and Disciplinary Options
30
Chapter 5 Communicating
35
Chapter 8 Respecting
51
Cultural Diversity and Your English Language Learners
52
Teaching Values
54
Chapter 9 Reflecting
59
References and Additional Resources
63
Index
65
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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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