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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!

Developing Partnerships with Families
Developing partnerships with families

As a beginning teacher, you may feel that you have not have received sufficient training and information on dealing with the families of students. Yet, this is a crucial part of your job. Families need to be involved in their children's school life. Parent involvement in the education of their children is fundamental to effective teaching and academic success. Parent involvement improves students’ achievement, students’ attitudes toward learning, and students’ self-esteem. Teachers who undertake strong comprehensive parent-involvement efforts and have strong linkages to the communities they serve are much more apt to have high-performing, well-behaved students. Parent involvement in children's education is more important to student success than family income or educational level.

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