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Recipe for Great Teaching
11 Essential Ingredients

Foreword by Andrea Maxie



December 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin
Charismatic teacher, trainer, staff developer, and school principal Anita Moultrie Turner offers us her "recipe" for how great teachers lead great classrooms. This humorous and accurate little guide to effective classrooms where all learners succeed will be a tasty treat for new teachers, experienced teachers, and staff developers alike.

The author's 11 essential "ingredients" for success include:

• Motivating students "with a spoonful of honey"

• Managing student behaviour and discipline ("making sure the cake rises")

• Creating a positive classroom environment ("an equitable dining room")

Each chapter features "extra seasonings" and "savory morsels," including classroom stories, quotations, and small servings of educational wit and wisdom. A "reflection menu" and cross references to other topics provide "dessert" for each chapter, making this a delicious way to learn and share best teaching practices with colleagues.

 
Foreword by Andrea Maxie
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Passion and Compassion: The Power of a Great Teacher
Love Yourself: Leaving a Powerful Impact on Young Minds  
You Are a Role Model  
Love Your Students: Engaging the Potential in Each Student  
Love the Profession of Teaching  
The Power of One: Encouraging Academic Excellence  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
2. Communication: An Essential Ingredient
The Educator: 25 NOT 5  
No Favoritism: No Teacher’s Pet  
Nonverbal Messages  
Call Home: Open Communication with Parents  
Refrain From Making Any Value Judgments!  
Parent Conferences  
True Story #1  
Lunchroom Conversations  
The Students: Factors Influencing Effective Oral Communication  
Standard English Acquisition  
True Story #2  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
3. Praise and Self-Esteem: A Spoon Full of Honey
Reinforcing the Positive Attributes of Students  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
 
4. Respect and Self-Respect: Marinating Positive Relationships
Maintaining Respectful Behavior in the Classroom  
Teachers Can Model Respect and Self-Respect  
True Story #1  
True Story #2  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like…  
 
5. Classroom Environment: An Equitable Dining Room
Create a Warm and Trusting Community of Learners  
Your Classroom Belongs to Everyone  
Your Classroom is a Multi-Sensory Environment  
Seating Arrangements and Student Roles Influence the Environment  
Respect is the Dish of the Day….Everyday  
It’s a Shame to Waste…Anything!  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like These Ingredients, You’ll Also Like...  
 
6. Classroom Management: A Great Teacher Is the Master Chef
Set Clear Guidelines, Rules, and Procedures  
Ingredients to Running an Effective Classroom  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
7. Discipline: Making Sure the Cake Rises
Who is in Control of Your Classroom?  
Be Fair and Consistent  
Key Points to Remember  
Leadership Opportunities Diminishes Disciplinary Challenges  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like These Ingredients, You’ll Also Like…  
 
8. Organizing Notebooks: Celebrating Successful Recipes
Purchasing Notebook Materials  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
9. Real-Life Skills: Catering for Life Beyond the Classroom
Integrating Real Life Skills Across the Curriculum  
Parent Involvement  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
10. The Whole Dinner: Collaboration and Equity
Promoting Staff Involvement  
Promoting Parental Involvement  
Promoting Student Involvement  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
11. Welcome to the Table
Fixings for a Great Teacher  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"I particularly liked all the examples and 'bags of tricks,' such as what to include on a bulletin board and how to set up a student notebook. Very valuable to new teachers."

Kathleen Prisbell, English Teacher/Curriculum Council Chair
Russell O. Brackman Middle School, Barnegat, NJ

"Uses tried-and-true methods that work. A wonderful addition are the Extra Seasoning, Savory Morsel, and Reflection sections, which make the reader summarize and ponder each chapter. Contains helpful and practical information any teacher or parent can use."

Tammy Shifflett, Science Teacher
C.A. Roberts Elementary School, Dallas, GA

"Encourages creativity in the classroom, not just to make the learning fun and interesting, but because real-life skills are what students need the most in order to become productive and successful adults."

John Pieper, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Webster Stanley Elementary School, Oshkosh, WI

"This book does for teachers what it suggests that teachers do for their students—give them the foundation and empower them to find and set their own course."

Patricia Clark, First-Grade Teacher
Gotham Avenue School, Elmont, NY

"An enjoyable read that will touch anyone who is in the field of education."

Randy Cook, Science Teacher
Tri County High School, Howard City, MI

"A guide for new teachers and education majors, as well as a reference for veterans to fall back on when they hit that teaching wall and need a change of perspective and approach."

Scott Braxton, Director of High School Services
Los Angeles Unified School District 7

"An easy-to-comprehend, go-to guide filled with valuable advice especially for grade school and high school teachers. Filled cover to cover with techniques for successful curriculum planning, strategies for creating environments that promote learning, witty classroom stories and quotations, valuable advice for being fair and consistent, and much more, all served up with a dash of humor for spice. Highly recommended."

Library Bookwatch, March 2007

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Preface

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