The New Teacher Toolbox: Proven Tips and Strategies for a Great First Year


Scott M. Mandel

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    Many hands went into the production of this book. First of all, I want to thank the wonderful people at Corwin. Working with them on this book has been a writer's pleasure! I want to thank my editor, Carol Collins, for her brilliant job with my words. I also want to thank Scott Van Atta for his wonderful design work on the cover.

    A number of excellent educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District lent their invaluable feedback, ideas, and suggestions to these pages. These people reviewed the material from a variety of different perspectives in the attempt to make the book as valuable as possible to new teachers: mentor teachers Melodie Bitter, Jo Schillinger, and Robert Schuck; school administrators in charge of new-teacher education Robert Krell and Aaron Moretzsky; local district coordinator, instructional support services, Ann Carnes; and most important, new classroom teachers Jennifer Bankston and Jennifer Hitchcock. Editorial assistance on the second edition was provided by Kathie Marshall, Robert Schuck, Robert Krell, and Melodie Bitter.

    A number of excellent lessons originally submitted to the Web site Teachers Helping Teachers ( were so good that I adapted their ideas to these pages. I thank Diane Clark, Jan Demontigny, Daniel Duffy, Debora Mcdonnell, Tony Murphy, Jean Roberts, and Teresa Wasinger for their wonderful ideas.

    Publisher's Acknowledgment

    Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewer: Toni Jones

    Principal, Elementary Education

    Bonita, CA

    About the Author

    In his more than 25 years as an educator, Scott M. Mandel has served as a teacher, an administrator, and an inservice leader. Currently, he teaches English and history at the Pacoima Middle School Television, Theatre, and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Southern California; his current areas of professional specialization include new-teacher training, improving test-taking and study skills, classroom management, teaching methodologies, the parent-teacher partnership, and using the Internet in educational settings. A National Board Certified teacher, Scott is the author of ten previous books as well as the founder and developer of Teachers Helping Teachers (, a Web site for educators. Teachers Helping Teachers has been offering lesson plans, educational links, and inspiration since 1995.


    This book is dedicated to the most important person in my life, Melodie Bitter.

    For over twenty years, Melodie has been my best friend, proofreader of my books, associate director of my student shows, and partner in just about everything professional I have experienced. She's also, without question, the best teacher I have ever met.

    It is fitting that this book on teaching be dedicated to her.

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