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Teaching 101

Teaching 101
Classroom Strategies for the Beginning Teacher

Second Edition
Edited by:

June 2009 | 328 pages | Corwin
The noble profession of teaching plays a vital role in inspiring students to achieve excellence. This new edition of one of the most comprehensive introductions to teaching available provides essential knowledge and actively engages new teachers in practice to become an exceptional teacher.

Easy to understand and practical, this wide-ranging guide provides tools such as questions and activities at the end of each chapter, Web sites and vital readings for further study, and a self-assessment instrument to help readers succeed in their first year. The second edition includes more information on curriculum development and technology, more sample lesson plans, a new section on bullying, new activity sheets, and many checklists with immediate application procedures. The book is packed with helpful suggestions on topics such as:

Lesson planning

Classroom management

Differentiating instruction


Assessment and grading


Cooperative learning


National Board certification

Teaching 101 is an invaluable resource that teachers can reference throughout their careers to expand their skills and perspectives.

Preface to the Second Edition
About the Author
Activity 1
1. Why Does Teaching Matter?
Focus Questions

Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 2
2. What Makes a Good Teacher?
Focus Questions

Teaching Idea #1: Are You a Good Teacher?

Teaching Idea #2: Seven Research-Based Findings About the Qualities of an Effective Teacher

Teaching Idea #3: What Makes an Effective Teacher?

Teaching Idea #4: Three Approaches to Teaching

Teaching Idea #5: Four of the Most Essential Concepts That Affect Student Achievement

Teaching Idea #6: An Important Quality of a Good Teacher

Teaching Idea #7: Another Important Quality of a Good Teacher

Teaching Idea #8: A Final Quality of a Good Teacher

Teaching Idea #9: A Good Teacher Must Use Wait Time Effectively

Teaching Idea #10: Questioning Strategies

Teaching Idea #11: Good Teachers Incorporate Literacy Strategies Whenever Feasible, Five Literacy Strategies That Work

Teaching Idea #12: Good Teachers Encourage "Hands-On" and "Minds-On" Learning

Teaching Idea #13: Good Teachers Employ K-W-L

Teaching Idea #14: Good Teachers Get Parents on Their Side: 10 Ways


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 3
3. Who Are the Students in My Class?
Focus Questions

Student Idea #1: What Do I Need to Know About My Students?

Student Idea #2: All Students Have Five Basic Needs

Student Idea #3: Children Need Attention and Much More . . .

Student Idea #4: Role of Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Social Class

Student Idea #5: Hatred, Bigotry, and Prejudice

Student Idea #6: Bullying

Student Idea #7: Students With Learning Disabilities

Student Idea #8: Are You a Culturally Relevant Teacher?

Student Idea #9: Different Ways of Learning

Student Idea #10: Differentiating Instruction, But How Can I Meet the Needs of All My Students?

Student Idea #11: The Challenge of Inclusion


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 4
4. How Should I Write Lesson Plans?
Focus Questions

Lesson Plan Idea #1: Understanding the Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan Idea #2: Essential Components and Criteria of a Successful Lesson

Lesson Plan Idea #3: Sample Lesson Plans


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 5
5. Can I Effectively Manage My Classroom?
Focus Questions

Classroom Management Idea #1: Basic Terms and Elements

Classroom Management Idea #2: Developing Your Personal System of Discipline

Classroom Management Idea #3: A Sample Discipline Plan

Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 6
6. How Can I Help My Students Learn?
Focus Questions

Helping My Students Idea #1: Simple Strategies for the Early Grades

Helping My Students Idea #2: Simple Strategies on How to Improve Learning

Helping My Students Idea #3: Simple Strategies on How to Improve Study Skills

Helping My Students Idea #4: Simple Strategies on How to Read Material From a Chapter or Book

Helping My Students Idea #5: Cooperative Learning


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 7
7. How Should I Assess and Grade My Students?
Focus Questions

Assessment Idea #1: Assessment Basics

Assessment Idea #2: Some Fundamental Principles of Assessment

Assessment Idea #3: Constructing Classroom Tests

Assessment Idea #4: Using Portfolio Assessment?


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 8
8. How Can I Best Incorporate State and District Curriculum Standards?
Focus Questions

Standards Idea #1: What Is Curriculum Development?

Standards Idea #2: Testing and Standards Movement

Standards Idea #3: Suggestions for Implementing Standards


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Activity 9
9. How Can I Begin to Incorporate Technology Into My Teaching?
Focus Questions

Teachnology Idea #1: K–12 Technology Standards

Teachnology Idea #2: Profiles for Technology-Literate Students

Teachnology Idea #3: The Internet as a Teaching Tool

Teachnology Idea #4: Criteria for Evaluating World Wide Web Sites

Teachnology Idea #5: Criteria for Evaluating Software Programs

Teachnology Idea #6: Use of PowerPoint in the Classroom

Abstract and Rationale

My Year of the Rooster


Follow-Up Questions/Activities

Closing Comments
Appendix A: Annotated Bibliography
Appendix B: Some of the Best Web Sites for Teachers
Appendix C: Self-Assessment Instrument
Appendix D: Teacher’s Suggestions Exchange Forum

“Provides many practical, pertinent, and useful ideas. These easy-to-implement ideas will help new teachers feel more secure and in charge.”

Nancy L. Cook, Associate Professor of Education
Hope College

“Contains excellent examples, vignettes, cases, and stories. Student teachers want to hear real-life stories and examples from those in the field, and this book delivers. The authors turn technical and theoretical concepts into practical applications in an easy-to-understand style. A must-read for every student who wants to become a teacher and every first-year teacher in the field.”

Jennifer Crissman Ishler, Assistant Professor of Education
Pennsylvania State University

“I intend to recommend this book to my school’s leadership committee for use during teacher induction. The opportunities for reflection make this an excellent resource and self-evaluation tool for educators as well as administrators. The concise presentation of material also makes it a useful and realistic read for busy educators.”

Elena Vo, Lead ESOL Teacher
Glenn C. Jones Middle School, Buford, GA

“One of the richest books I have ever read for beginning teachers. Even veteran teachers will get a lot out of it. I really wish I had a book like this when I was a student teacher.”

Julie Wakefield, Social Studies Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Sparks, NV

“This book should be read three times: as course material for student teachers, during the first year of teaching, and again in the third year of teaching when experience will allow you to consider more perspectives as you form your own answers to the questions addressed in the book.”

Jennifer Wilson, Third-Grade Teacher
Grant Ranch School, Littleton, CO

Great text. Used in f10. Practical suggestions.

School Of Education, Nyack College
April 21, 2011

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