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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!

Behavior Management and Discipline: Managing and Monitoring Student Behavior
Behavior management and discipline: Managing and monitoring student behavior

Discipline is an integral part of teaching. It is also the most frequently reported concern of beginning teachers. It typically has an ominous connotation. You know intuitively that without the confidence and skill to discipline students you will not be able to teach successfully. Effective discipline and effective instruction are inseparable. It is often said that one can't teach until one deals with behavior. New teachers frequently share this sentiment, reporting that they spend too much of their time dealing with student behavior, leaving little time for actual teaching. However, discipline and instruction need not be dichotomous, and discipline does not have to be punitive. It can be ...

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