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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!

Preparing Lesson Plans that Engage Students
Preparing lesson plans that engage students
Planning is Important!

Lesson planning is a critical part of effective teaching. Well-planned lessons have important consequences for both student learning and classroom behavior. The old adage “Failing to plan means planning to fail” is all too true in busy elementary classrooms. It is essential that you carefully and thoughtfully prepare for every minute with your students. Even a few minutes of unplanned time can result in unwieldy behavior from students!

Planning always takes more time than expected. It is a complex decision-making process that requires you to synthesize everything you have learned about teaching, such as models of instruction, cognitive and affective taxonomies, learning objectives, and lesson and unit design, and translate it into meaningful, ...

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