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
Arranging Your Classroom
Arranging Your Classroom
Aliya needed to arrange her room. She was supplied with rectangular student tables, where two students could easily sit at every table. She knew that the traditional setup was to make rows of student seats; however, she didn't want to do that. In her university work, she had learned that the farther a student sits from the teacher, the more apt he or she is to be off-task. How could Aliya set up her classroom to maximize teacher-student interaction?
Two or three days before school begins
How can I organize the physical classroom to create the most efficient learning environment?
Student seats in classrooms are traditionally set in rows or in clusters of three or four tables (for cooperative learning); ...