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
One of the first tasks that Aliya focused on after arranging her students’ seats was to decide what to include on her bulletin boards. She remembered that most bulletin boards from her student-teaching experiences were either full of the students’ work or based on a holiday. Obviously, she had no work to post, and her students were a little too old to be impressed with holiday boards. She wasn't sure what to do.
All year, but especially the week before school begins
What types of material should I include on my bulletin boards?
Bulletin boards are too often used only for displaying student work. If you look at your classroom environment holistically, however, you will note that bulletin boards can be a ...