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Becoming a Win-Win Teacher
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Becoming a Win-Win Teacher
Survival Strategies for the Beginning Educator

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April 2010 | 288 pages | Corwin

"If you're thinking about choosing teaching as a career, read this book. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher will give you the courage to lead, the power to innovate, and the perspective to find joy and success in this satisfying, sometimes frustrating, always honorable career. This book is a keeper—a resource you'll refer to year after year."
—Leanna Landsmann, Author, A+ Advice for Parents

"Going from being a student to being a teacher is a huge transition, and Bluestein's information helps bridge this gap. This book gives a novice educator every tool to help develop a successful career and a professional identity. It should be in the hands of every educator."
—Suzanne Goodison, Principal
Robert W. Carbone Elementary School, East Haven, CT

Get your teaching career off to a winning start!

Becoming a successful teacher in today's fast-changing world can be a daunting challenge. Jane Bluestein addresses the issues new teachers face and provides practical ideas and honest cautions in a wide range of helpful topics, including what keeps so many schools rooted in win-lose philosophies and practices, personal assets that will increase the odds of your survival and success, and specific strategies for winning in a win-lose system. These valuable insights and strategies, backed by years of experience and research, help you:

  • Establish your professional identity
  • Understand the culture, environment, and politics of today's schools
  • Build your own support team with mentors, administrators, and colleagues
  • Connect with students and create win-win classrooms
  • Take care of yourself and grow in your career

With activity sheets full of handy charts, self-assessment surveys, and planning pages, Becoming a Win-Win Teacher helps you become a welcome, established, and effective member of a school community—without sacrificing your personality, intentions, or ideals.


 
About the Author
 
Prologue: Why I Teach
 
Introduction
 
1. Win-Win Teaching
 
Part I: Commitment
 
2. Teaching as a Calling
 
3. Climate Advisory: Entering Win-Lose Territory
Financial Realities

 
It’s Harder than it Looks

 
Lack of Support

 
Difficult Students, Difficult Parents

 
Value and Status

 
Issues of Autonomy and Discretion

 
 
4. Winning in a Win-Lose System: Why We Stay
The Good News

 
Touching the Future

 
Feedback and Satisfaction in Service

 
Variety, Joy, and Creative Expression

 
The Power of Connection

 
It Gets Easier

 
 
5. What to Pack: Your Personal Assets
 
Part II. Survival
 
6. Assume Your Professional Identity
It’s About Time

 
Stepping Up: You in a Leadership Role

 
Looking Like a Teacher

 
What Matters Most: Who You Are in the Classroom

 
Life in a Fishbowl

 
Protect Yourself

 
 
7. Understand Schools in Context
The World Has Changed and Schools Have Not Kept Up

 
Kids Are Not Who They Used to Be

 
The Challenge of Change

 
8. Learn the System

 
What you Need to Know

 
Navigating Politics and Agendas

 
Dealing With Toxic Environments and Situations

 
 
9. Build your Support Team
The Value of Collaboration

 
Finding an Effective Mentor

 
Building Your Support Team

 
 
PART III. Students
 
10. Make a Connection
Disconnected Students

 
The Value of Connectedness

 
Connecting With Kids

 
Beyond the Grade Book

 
 
11. Avoid Win-Lose Power Strategies
Behavior Management and Teacher Preparation

 
Our Most Beloved (and Persistent) Win-Lose Traditions

 
 
12. Create a Win-Win Classroom
Relationships

 
Structure and Routines

 
Flexibility and Fairness

 
Choices

 
Asking for What You Want

 
Positive Consequences

 
Following Through

 
Good Directions

 
Recognition and Positive Feedback

 
Keeping a Cool Head

 
Offering Emotional Support

 
Encouraging Problem Solving

 
Build Community

 
Instructional Issues That Impact Behavior

 
 
PART IV. Self
 
13. Growing Your Career
Growing What You Know

 
Reflection

 
Opportunities and Next Steps (When You’re Ready)

 
 
14. Take Care of Yourself
Feeling the Heat

 
Your Health, Your Body, and Stress

 
Seeking Balance

 
 
Acknowledgments
 
References
 
Index

"If you’re thinking about choosing teaching as a career, read this book. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher gives you the courage to lead, the power to innovate, and the perspective to find joy and success in this satisfying, sometimes frustrating, always honorable career. Bluestein has coached thousands of teachers from all states and countries around the globe. She has listened to their questions and spoken with their supervisors and colleagues. In this book, she shows that she knows what it means when beginning teachers stand in front of students those first weeks, ‘curriculum smart’ yet ‘classroom shaky.’ This book is a keeper."

Leanna Landsmann, Author, A+ Advice for Parents

"Going from being a student to being a teacher is a huge transition, and Bluestein's information helps bridge this gap. The chapter activities give the opportunity for personal reflection, which is essential for developing confidence in teaching skills. The quotes interspersed throughout the book are inspirational for all educators and help keep a positive attitude during those less-than-perfect days. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher gives a novice educator every tool to help develop a successful career and professional identity. It should be in the hands of every educator."

Suzanne Goodison, Principal
Robert W. Carbone Elementary School, East Haven, CT
Key features
  • Translates theory into practical techniques
  • Covers a wide range of issues that a new teacher might encounter and provides guidelines and strategies
  • Provides charts, worksheets, and checklists
  • Includes tips, stories, and quotes
  • Offers an appendix of recommended reading

Sample Materials & Chapters

Prologue: Why I Teach

Introduction

Chapter 1: Win-Win Teaching


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