“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!
Chapter 9: Your Own Professional Development
Your Own Professional Development
The craft of teaching is a lifelong process. Successful teachers grow in effectiveness throughout their professional careers as they gradually overcome challenges, develop strengths and confidence, and hone their style and strategies. Beginning teachers often feel as if daily teaching responsibilities totally consume their lives. New teachers typically report thinking about their students and teaching commitments every waking hour. They even dream about them!
You undoubtedly are working hard to ensure a positive, flourishing year for your students. As they grow, so can you. You have needs as a learner, too. Don't neglect your own professional growth and development.
The educational profession is constantly changing as research-based practices and strategies are developed to improve both instructional methods and student outcomes.