This resource is extremely timely and well thought out. Wouldn't it be great if all principals gave their new hires this book along with their classroom keys?

—Andrea Ziembia, Fifth-Grade Teacher, Morton Elementary School, Hammond, IN

An indispensable companion for any new teacher, this book gives excellent advice for avoiding many hurdles and pitfalls and focusing on what's importantbecoming outstanding teachers of young children.”

—Carol A. Tateishi, Director

Bay Area Writing Project, University of California at Berkeley

The book's lists, charts, tables, diagrams, and the narrative are amazingly helpful and insightful. This is more than a survival book; it is inspirational and affirming.”

—Mary Ann Sinkkonen, Assistant Professor

Dominican University of California

Everything a new elementary teacher needs for getting started is right here!

This comprehensive guide from veteran educators gives first-year teachers a multitude of classroom-tested strategies for those critical first days of school. Written in a reassuring tone, this authoritative handbook walks you through setting up your classroom, managing behavior, planning lessons, assessing students' performance, and partnering with families. Thoroughly updated to meet the needs of today's classrooms, this new edition includes the latest tips on:

Teaching with technology; Differentiating instruction for students from diverse backgrounds, including English Language Learners; Preparing effective standards-based lessons; Achieving professional growth through job-embedded professional development

Teachers will find resources, samples, templates, homework contracts, strategies, checklists, and proven solutions to everyday challenges. Rest assured that you are not alone, and you will succeed!

Organizing Your Classroom and Yourself

Organizing your classroom and yourself

What to do and Think about before the Students Arrive

A welcoming, well-organized classroom motivates students and augments your instruction. It sends the message to students and their families that you are professional, well organized, and that you are planning an exciting year. Your classroom is a reflection of you in many ways. It demonstrates what you consider important in the classroom. How will you transform stark walls and blank bulletin boards into an engaging and effective learning environment? Ponder the physical design of the room as well as class routines, procedures, and groupings. List all your great ideas for the coming year. Then, to be realistic, eliminate 50 percent of them! Circle the key remaining items ...

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