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 yet complete guide for novice teachers, covering all the essentials for getting off to a good start. With new tips for everything from establishing an ideal classroom environment to making it through teacher evaluations, this revised edition helps you plan ahead with confidence, keep your perspective, and prepare for the unexpected.

The author introduces techniques by grade level, making the book easy to read sequentially or as a reference for specific situations. Written in a conversational tone, this completely revised edition includes an expanded section on Internet use and provides field-tested strategies on how to:

Encourage student participation and critical thinking; Establish fair grading practices; Modify instructional methods and curriculum for students with special needs; Increase parent involvement; Manage stress and maintain sanity

Marking Papers and Promoting Self-Esteem

Marking papers and promoting self-esteem

Aliya was always concerned about her students’ self-esteem. It hurt her to see the downcast looks on their faces whenever she returned papers full of red marks. But what options did she have? She had to give them the grades they earned. She wondered what she could do to raise their self-esteem and at the same time give them appropriate feedback on their papers.

Grade Levels



All year, starting with your first graded assignment

The Issue

How can I grade papers and keep the students’ self-esteem high at the same time?

The Idea

Many of the things teachers do to promote or inhibit self-esteem come from unintended actions. There are obvious things teachers do that overtly affect self-esteem, such as whom ...

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