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!

Instructional Methodologies: Student Groupings, Instructional Approaches, and Instructional Strategies

Instructional methodologies: Student groupings, instructional approaches, and instructional strategies

A Comprehensive Approach to Effective Instruction

As you plan lessons, you will need to determine which teaching methods will be the most effective. The student groupings, instructional approaches, and instructional strategies you choose are as important to student learning as the content of the lessons you develop. In many classrooms, especially in the upper grades, teachers rely on a whole-group, teacher-centered, direct-instruction model for presenting lessons. Formal presentations by teachers compose up to one fourth of all classroom time in many schools. While this model of instruction may work well for older students, it may not be the best choice when working with elementary students. Younger learners respond to ...

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