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

Things to do before the School Year Begins

Things to do before the School Year Begins

Things to do before the school year begins

The opening staff meeting had just ended, and Aliya walked into her classroom. It was bare. There were no supplies. She didn't know what she needed to do first, or second, or third. She knew she needed pencils and paper and basic supplies. She knew she needed to create bulletin boards. However, what she really needed was direction.*

Grade Levels

K–12

Timeline

From two weeks before school begins through the first week of school

The Issue

What do I need to do before the first day of school?

The Idea

To prepare your classroom effectively, you must complete a number of tasks, procure a number of items, and make a number of decisions. The following to-do list ...

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