The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day

The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide: Ready-To-Use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day

by Julia G. Thompson

Updates to the second edition include: - New ways teachers can meet the professional development requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act - Entirely new section on helping struggling readers, to address the declining literacy rate among today's students - Expanded coverage of helpful technology solutions for the classroom - Expanded information on teaching English Language Learners - Greater coverage of the issues/challenges facing elementary teachers - More emphasis on how to reach and teach students of poverty - Updated study techniques that have proven successful with at-risk students - Tips on working effectively within a non-traditional school year schedule - The latest strategies for using graphic organizers - More emphasis on setting goals to help students to succeed - More information on intervening with students who are capable but choose not to work - Updated information on teachers' rights and responsibilities regarding discipline issues - Fully revised Resources appendix including the latest educational Web sites and software

  • Language: English
  • Category: Education
  • Rating: 3.95
  • Pages: 433
  • Publish Date: June 29th 2007 by Jossey-Bass
  • Isbn10: 0787994553
  • Isbn13: 9780787994556

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There is quite of bit of practical advice, and I think it serves as a nice reference to have on hand. But other times, the author was referring to something that didn't work for both grade levels. My husband, a secondary teacher, sees nearly 150 students a day. (This again refers to the book's topics not being suitable for all grade levels.)

I think the school culture in USA and Australia while having some parallels, is sufficiently different that I am surprised that a shop specialising in teaching resources for local teachers was selling this book (and I should have checked it out more carefully instead of assuming it was going to be useful locally I suppose). Then I found the book to be sort of speaking down to teachers as if it assumed I had had minimal or no training (surely that is not the case in US) and certainly as if I hadn't done a whole uni degree on things like pedagogy. While the book (rightly in my opinion) turns toward an agenda of always being positive and understanding toward students, I think the same needs to hold true for the author's attitude to teachers (lead by example). Anyone who watches TV or reads the newspaper already expects this from a teacher, I would want the book to either tell me HOW to do it, or give me some hacks about things I don;t have to do...as too many balls in the air at once will mean students miss out. Much of the chapter of diversity is good although the expectations on teachers once again are pretty unrealistic (without any help in how to juggle it all) and I feel there is excessive emphasis on "gifted" children who in my experience already tend to have what Jane Kenway calls "compounded advantage". Nevertheless if you take out the "gifted" label many of the ideas would be good for classes in general (and are what I have seen excellent teachers do). It turns some of the traditional ideas about passing notes on its head and shows some progressive insight (as does nearly all of the final chapter).

Nonetheless, I will read anything that might improve my teaching and, as it has been 11 years since I obtained my teaching credential, when I spied this book abandoned on a study table in my local library, I figured there may be information regarding current trends in education I should be aware of. Having said that, at times this "survival guide," rubbed me the wrong way. For instance, at the outset she states that today's students may be raised by parents or guardians. However, is it really necessary to mention parents or guardians every single time she talks about involving family? Much of the advice read like a university text book; it sounded good but also very cautious, written the way one drives when a cop is in the next lane. While I do take this book to task for the style in which it is written you better believe I have renewed my copy and will begrudgingly return it to the public library in three weeks sorry I cannot add it my collection.

Despite the fact that you really only can ever learn how to be a teacher by teaching and being in the nitty gritty of it day in and day out, this expansive text offers quite a number of strategies to help you cope.

This was a very good guide to read and I would recommend it for anyone about to enter the classroom.

She has taught a wide variety of courses including freshman composition at Virginia Tech and all of the secondary English grades (7-12).