The New Teacher Toolbox: Proven Tips and Strategies for a Great First Year
Publication Year: 2009
Praise for the first edition:
“Mandel has written a very practical, informative manual for new teachers. His examples for classroom standards, incorporating a variety of activities for diverse students, and teaching test-taking skills are right on target. For answers to fundamental questions and stress relief, Mandel's manual is a must!”
—Johanna K. Lemlech, Professor Emerita
University of Southern California
“An extremely practical and user-friendly time-saver. Rather than beating around the bush with pages of statistics, philosophies, best practices, and methodologies, this toolbox cuts to the heart of real questions burning inside new teachers. New and experienced teachers can benefit from the quick fixes presented in this plentiful toolbox.”
—Leslie Gaillard, First-Year Teacher
Pacoima Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
A one-stop resource for all your first-year teaching needs!
This second edition is a concise ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Things to do before the School Year Begins
- Chapter 2: Arranging Your Classroom
- Chapter 3: Bulletin Boards
- Chapter 4: A Helpful Binder to Leave for Substitute Teachers
- Chapter 5: Fairness and Critical Thinking in Classroom Discussions
- Chapter 6: Teaching Five Hours of Material in only Three Hours
- Chapter 7: Keeping Students Interested
- Chapter 8: Teaching Test-Taking Skills
- Chapter 9: The Internet as the Ultimate Teacher Resource Center
- Chapter 10: Discipline Issues
- Chapter 11: Marking Papers and Promoting Self-Esteem
- Chapter 12: A Beginner's Guide to Figuring Grades
- Chapter 13: Rubrics
- Chapter 14: Grading for Classroom Participation
- Chapter 15: A Student Self-Esteem Check
- Chapter 18: Modifying the Classroom Curriculum for Students with Special Needs
- Chapter 19: Full-Inclusion Mainstreaming
- Chapter 20: Students with ADD/ADHD and Classroom Management
- Chapter 21: Preparing for a Special Education Class
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Mandel, Scott M.
The new teacher toolbox: proven tips and strategies for a great first year / Scott M. Mandel. — 2nd ed.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-1-4129-7134-8 (cloth)
ISBN 978-1-4129-7135-5 (pbk.)
1. First year teachers. 2. Teachers—In-service training. I. Title.
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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 (http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel) 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
About the Author
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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