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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!

Learner-Friendly Classroom Management
Learner-friendly classroom management

Classroom management not only means the organization of the physical classroom environment but also the emotional climate, atmosphere, and ambiance you wish to effectively establish. A positive climate conducive to learning will set the tone for the way students interact among themselves and with you. A positive climate evolves in part from students’ sense of belonging to a classroom community and their contributions to and involvement in decision making. Their sense of ownership and belonging will impact their level of collaboration in classroom procedures. Your positive attitude, fairness, and open communication with students will affect your classroom environment.

Classroom management begins the moment students walk into the classroom the first day of school, and it evolves throughout the year. You will ...

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