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The Educator's Field Guide

The Educator's Field Guide
From Organization to Assessment (And Everything in Between)

April 2011 | 240 pages | Corwin

Everything a teacher needs to survive—and thrive!

The Educator's Field Guide
helps teachers get off to a running start. The only book that covers all four key cornerstones of effective teaching—organization, classroom management, instruction, and assessment—this handy reference offers a bridge from college to classroom with a hearty dose of practical guidance for teachers who aspire to greatness. At a time when school leaders are pressed to hire and retain high-quality teachers, this guidebook is indispensable for defining and nurturing the qualities teachers strive for and students deserve. Helpful tools include:

  • Step-by-step guidance on instructional organization, behavior management, lesson planning, and formative and summative assessment
  • User-friendly taxonomic guides to help readers quickly locate topics
  • The latest information on student diversity, special needs, and lesson differentiation
  • Teacher testimonials and examples
  • Explanations of education standards and initiatives

Each key concept is addressed in a resource-style format with activities and reproducibles that can be customized. Teachers will also find lesson plan templates, graphs, charts, quizzes, and games—all in one easy-to-use source.

List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
Unit I Instructional Organization
Unit I Outline

Unit I Concept Map

Unit I Pep Talk

First: Long-Range Planning

Second: Short-Range Planning

Now: Classroom Organization

Tomorrow: Instructional Presentation

Finally: Communication With "Outsiders"


Unit I Appendix

Unit II Classroom Management
Unit II Outline

Unit II Concept Map

Unit II Pep Talk

First: Keys to Successful Classroom Management

Second: Establishing a Management-Based Learning Environment

Now: Compiling Your Plan: A Template for Classroom Management

Tomorrow: Implementing the Plan and Responding to Student Behavior

Finally: Assessing Your Classroom Management Plan

Unit II Appendix

Unit III Instruction
Unit III Outline

Unit III Concept Map

Unit III Pep Talk

First: The Curriculum

Second: The Student

Now: Conceptualizing Your Role

Tomorrow: Putting it All Together

Finally: This Is a People Profession

Unit IV Assessment
Unit IV Outline

Unit IV Concept Map

Unit IV Pep Talk

First: The Basics of Assessment

Second: Making Assessment a Part of Instruction

Now: Writing Tests

Tomorrow: Analyzing the Results of Your Assessment

Finally: Assessment and the High-Stakes Environment


"You will find both the classic research in these areas of your work as a teacher as well as up-to-date discussions and explanations of key topics such as student diversity, special needs, lesson planning, instructional techniques, and assessing your students’ academic progress."


"In my thirty years of observing pre-service and in-service teachers, I had not found a guide that would cover everything an emerging teacher needs to consider until reading The Educator’s Field Guide. This book's unique five-step approach integrates the roles of teacher, classroom manager, and reflective practitioner into a continuous process essential to good teaching."

David Hayes, Director of Teacher Education
Lewis College, Durango, CO

"Uniquely designed, The Educator's Field Guide will surely become a reliable, cornerstone reference in any teacher’s library—one that will be revisited time and again throughout a career—as well as a vital addition to the well-thumbed, instructional resources of those in the field of teacher education."

Alan Rossman, Associate Professor of Education
National-Louis University, Skokie, IL

"An Educator's Field Guide combines key concepts in education into one convenient resource. The material covered is simplified without being too simplistic. The unit on classroom management is particularly helpful with advice from leading experts and tips for beginning the school year on the right foot. Students and beginning teachers will appreciate the professional knowledge shared in this book and will avoid many pitfalls common to this exciting, yet challenging field."

Rebecca Reiff, PhD, Associate Professor of Education
Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

"The authors have created the most eminently practical guide for pre-service and early career teachers that I have encountered in recent years. In a teaching world that is often intimidating, these three experienced education professors have hit it right on. This is a guide that a teacher can use on Monday morning and then reflect with on Friday afternoon. They tell us how to TEACH rather than how to prepare students for standardized tests. Hooray for this team of practical educators!"

Dr. Susan M. Leist, Professor Emerita
Buffalo State College, NY

"Every classroom teacher and education policymaker should read this fantastic book. Each topic is clearly articulated in a very practical manner. Organizing each unit by First, Second, Now, Tomorrow, and Finally is pedagogically brilliant."

Vito M. Dipinto, Associate Professor
National-Louis University, Chicago, IL
Key features
  • Helps teachers in training and novice teachers translate theory to practice
  • Covers essential topics of instructional organization, classroom management, instructional techniques, and assessment
  • Includes user-friendly indexes to help readers quickly locate needed information
  • Packed with reflective activities and templates for the teacher
  • Provides teacher testimonials and examples
  • Correlates with NBPTS Core Propositions and INTASC Principles

Sample Materials & Chapters


Unit I: Instructional Organization

For instructors

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