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Secrets to Success for Beginning Elementary School Teachers



October 2006 | 256 pages | Corwin
'Kottler and Gallavan prepare new teachers for all the daily obstacles and rewards of the profession in a way that can be easily implemented. The tone is heartwarming and the authors empathize with the frustrations and needs of new teachers' - Lori L. Grossman, Instructional Coordinator, Houston Independent School District, TX

'A must-have for all new teachers. The material is useful and will make your transition into teaching easier and more successful' - Miranda Moe, Kindergarten Teacher/New Teacher Facilitator, Beaver Dam Unified School District, WI

Take the first step toward becoming the teacher you've always wanted to be!

Packed with insider tips, practical strategies, and time-tested advice, this A-Z survival guide is designed for new and preservice educators. Offering a wide range of perspectives, authors Ellen Kottler and Nancy P. Gallavan cover the essential topics that novice teachers encounter, including establishing routines and classroom rules, planning instruction and assessment techniques, networking with colleagues, navigating school policies and procedures, and communicating effectively with parents.

Tools and resources include:

• Steps for developing meaningful curriculum

• Activities to extend learning and apply ideas in the classroom

• Preparation guidelines and checklists

• Lesson plan formats

• Strategies for including technology

Serving as a virtual "mentor," this handbook combines the insights of experienced teachers with straightforward portrayals of what to expect during the first days, weeks, semesters, and years in the classroom. Reduce your stress, improve your skills, and assure your success with this extraordinary resource.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Learning Your Way Around the School
 
2. Organizing Your Classroom
 
3. Knowing Your Students
 
4. Beginning and Ending School on the First Day
 
5. Developing Meaningful Curriculum
 
6. Planning Instruction and Assessment
 
7. Establishing Routine and Management
 
8. Valuing Cultural Diversity
 
9. Using Instructional Technology
 
10. Developing as a Professional
 
11. Connecting With Students
 
12. Communicating With Parents
 
13. Using a Substitute
 
14. Getting Involved With the School
 
Reflections
 
References and Readings
 
Index

"Kottler and Gallavan prepare new teachers for all the daily obstacles and rewards of the profession in a way that can be easily implemented. The tone is heartwarming and the authors empathize with the frustrations and needs of new teachers."

Lori L. Grossman, Instructional Coordinator
Houston Independent School District, TX

"A must have for all new teachers. The material is useful and will make your transition into teaching easier and more successful."

Miranda Moe, Kindergarten Teacher/New Teacher Facilitator
Beaver Dam Unified School District, WI

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


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Ellen Kottler

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set­tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English... More About Author

Nancy P. Gallavan

Nancy P. Gallavan, Ph.D., is Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Central Arkansas where she specializes in classroom assessments and cultural competence in the Department of Teaching and Learning MAT Program, which she helped to start in 2006. The UCA MAT Program was recognized as the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education by the Association of Teacher Educators in 2010. Dr. Gallavan also serves as the UCA Academic Liaison to Institutional Diversity. Receiving university and college awards for her teaching, scholarship, and service, Dr. Gallavan has expertise in K-12 education, classroom assessments, curriculum... More About Author

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