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Becoming a Win-Win Teacher

Becoming a Win-Win Teacher
Survival Strategies for the Beginning Educator

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August 2010 | 288 pages | Corwin
Becoming a Win-Win Teacher: A Guide for First-Year Teachers offers beginning teachers a balanced, positive framework for creating an effective, successful, and satisfying teaching experience.

Jane Bluestein shows how new and veteran teachers alike can use a win-win approach to teaching that involves thinking, planning, and making decisions in ways that take the needs of others into consideration—students as well as other members of the school community—while meeting personal and professional goals.

About the Author
Prologue: Why I Teach
1. Win-Win Teaching
Part I: Commitment
2. Teaching as a Calling
3. Climate Advisory: Entering Win-Lose Territory
Financial Realities

It’s Harder than it Looks

Lack of Support

Difficult Students, Difficult Parents

Value and Status

Issues of Autonomy and Discretion

4. Winning in a Win-Lose System: Why We Stay
The Good News

Touching the Future

Feedback and Satisfaction in Service

Variety, Joy, and Creative Expression

The Power of Connection

It Gets Easier

5. What to Pack: Your Personal Assets
Part II. Survival
6. Assume Your Professional Identity
It’s About Time

Stepping Up: You in a Leadership Role

Looking Like a Teacher

What Matters Most: Who You Are in the Classroom

Life in a Fishbowl

Protect Yourself

7. Understand Schools in Context
The World Has Changed and Schools Have Not Kept Up

Kids Are Not Who They Used to Be

The Challenge of Change

8. Learn the System

What you Need to Know

Navigating Politics and Agendas

Dealing With Toxic Environments and Situations

9. Build your Support Team
The Value of Collaboration

Finding an Effective Mentor

Building Your Support Team

PART III. Students
10. Make a Connection
Disconnected Students

The Value of Connectedness

Connecting With Kids

Beyond the Grade Book

11. Avoid Win-Lose Power Strategies
Behavior Management and Teacher Preparation

Our Most Beloved (and Persistent) Win-Lose Traditions

12. Create a Win-Win Classroom

Structure and Routines

Flexibility and Fairness


Asking for What You Want

Positive Consequences

Following Through

Good Directions

Recognition and Positive Feedback

Keeping a Cool Head

Offering Emotional Support

Encouraging Problem Solving

Build Community

Instructional Issues That Impact Behavior

13. Growing Your Career
Growing What You Know


Opportunities and Next Steps (When You’re Ready)

14. Take Care of Yourself
Feeling the Heat

Your Health, Your Body, and Stress

Seeking Balance


"If you’re thinking about choosing teaching as a career, read this book. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher gives you the courage to lead, the power to innovate, and the perspective to find joy and success in this satisfying, sometimes frustrating, always honorable career. Bluestein has coached thousands of teachers from all states and countries around the globe. She has listened to their questions and spoken with their supervisors and colleagues. In this book, she shows that she knows what it means when beginning teachers stand in front of students those first weeks, ‘curriculum smart’ yet ‘classroom shaky.’ This book is a keeper."

Leanna Landsmann, Author, A+ Advice for Parents

"Going from being a student to being a teacher is a huge transition, and Bluestein's information helps bridge this gap. The chapter activities give the opportunity for personal reflection, which is essential for developing confidence in teaching skills. The quotes interspersed throughout the book are inspirational for all educators and help keep a positive attitude during those less-than-perfect days. Becoming a Win-Win Teacher gives a novice educator every tool to help develop a successful career and professional identity. It should be in the hands of every educator."

Suzanne Goodison, Principal
Robert W. Carbone Elementary School, East Haven, CT

Sample Materials & Chapters

Prologue: Why I Teach


Chapter 1: Win-Win Teaching

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