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Making Your First Year a Success
A Classroom Survival Guide for Middle and High School Teachers

Second Edition

February 2007 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Provides tools that give new teachers the confidence to face complex classroom challenges. When teachers have a successful first year, they are more likely to return and continue making a difference for children."
—Catherine H. Payne, Principal
W.R. Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI

"Provides specific and practical advice, from how to create wonderful lessons to dealing with difficult parents, all geared to the needs of new secondary teachers."
—Catherine Kilfoyle Duffy, English Department Chair
Three Village Central School District, Stony Brook, NY

A practical guide to overcoming the challenges of your first year.

You've completed the course work, student teaching, and interviewing. The job is yours. Now what? The first weeks and months of a new teaching position can be the most demanding of your entire career. In this new edition of their bestseller, veteran educators Robert L. Wyatt III and J. Elaine White share a combined 50 years of teaching experience as well as insight and advice from hundreds of teachers in the field they have personally trained. Comprehensive yet concise, Making Your First Year a Success, Second Edition is expressly tailored to assist secondary teachers. Updated topics in this thoroughly revised second edition include:

  • Integrating technology into classroom activities
  • Connecting lesson planning and standards
  • Incorporating differentiation into the secondary classroom
  • Dealing with stress and nurturing yourself emotionally and physically

Whether starting fresh with your first group of students or revitalizing your commitment to the profession you entered many years ago, this handbook will easily become the well-worn reference you turn to again and again for quick tips, practical applications, and words of encouragement.


 
Introduction
 
About the Authors
 
1. Surviving in School
 
2. Surviving Requires Working Well With Students
 
3. Surviving Requires Good Classroom Management
 
4. Surviving Includes Good Lesson Plans
 
5. Making Assessment Work
 
6. Making Technology Work for Enchanced Learning
 
7. Making Parent Communication Work
 
8. Making Yourself a Professional
 
References

"Provides tools that give new teachers the confidence to face complex classroom challenges. When teachers have a successful first year, they are more likely to return and continue making a difference for children."

Catherine H. Payne, Principal
W.R. Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI

"Provides specific and practical advice, from how to create wonderful lessons to dealing with difficult parents, all geared to the needs of new secondary teachers. I wish I had a similar resource when I started my career in education!"

Catherine Kilfoyle Duffy, English Department Chair
Three Village Central School District, Stony Brook, NY

"A wonderful book for new teachers to get started and for more experienced teachers to reflect on their teaching practices."

Jane D. Adair, Resource Specialist
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, CA

"Blends insights from hundreds of working teachers to create a specific set of tips perfect for educator libraries."

The Bookwatch, October 2007
Key features
What's new in the second edition:

  • Technology tips integrated throughout
  • Addresses the current environment of accountability and high-stakes testing
  • A stronger connection between lesson planning and standards
  • Incorporates differentiation into the secondary classroom
  • Deals with stress and nurturing oneself emotionally and physically

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1


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