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The Educator's Field Guide

The Educator's Field Guide
From Organization to Assessment (And Everything in Between)

May 2011 | 240 pages | Corwin
Targeted for pre-service and in-service teachers, this book is a guide to "what to do and how to do it in a very practical sense." It addresses four essential topics: organizing and planning for instruction, classroom management, instructional techniques, and assessment. Each of the areas is addressed in a user-friendly, resource-style format, and includes activities and templates to provide readers with a framework for developing their own styles. Coverage of the four main topics is arranged in sub-topics that follow a five-step format of conceptualization, content, planning, implementation, and reflection.
List of Figures and Tables
About the Authors
Unit I Instructional Organization
Unit I Outline

Unit I Concept Map

Unit I Pep Talk

First: Long-Range Planning

Second: Short-Range Planning

Now: Classroom Organization

Tomorrow: Instructional Presentation

Finally: Communication With "Outsiders"


Unit I Appendix

Unit II Classroom Management
Unit II Outline

Unit II Concept Map

Unit II Pep Talk

First: Keys to Successful Classroom Management

Second: Establishing a Management-Based Learning Environment

Now: Compiling Your Plan: A Template for Classroom Management

Tomorrow: Implementing the Plan and Responding to Student Behavior

Finally: Assessing Your Classroom Management Plan

Unit II Appendix

Unit III Instruction
Unit III Outline

Unit III Concept Map

Unit III Pep Talk

First: The Curriculum

Second: The Student

Now: Conceptualizing Your Role

Tomorrow: Putting it All Together

Finally: This Is a People Profession

Unit IV Assessment
Unit IV Outline

Unit IV Concept Map

Unit IV Pep Talk

First: The Basics of Assessment

Second: Making Assessment a Part of Instruction

Now: Writing Tests

Tomorrow: Analyzing the Results of Your Assessment

Finally: Assessment and the High-Stakes Environment


"You will find both the classic research in these areas of your work as a teacher as well as up-to-date discussions and explanations of key topics such as student diversity, special needs, lesson planning, instructional techniques, and assessing your students’ academic progress."


"In my thirty years of observing pre-service and in-service teachers, I had not found a guide that would cover everything an emerging teacher needs to consider until reading The Educator’s Field Guide. This book's unique five-step approach integrates the roles of teacher, classroom manager, and reflective practitioner into a continuous process essential to good teaching."

David Hayes, Director of Teacher Education
Lewis College, Durango, CO

"Uniquely designed, The Educator's Field Guide will surely become a reliable, cornerstone reference in any teacher’s library—one that will be revisited time and again throughout a career—as well as a vital addition to the well-thumbed, instructional resources of those in the field of teacher education."

Alan Rossman, Associate Professor of Education
National-Louis University, Skokie, IL

"An Educator's Field Guide combines key concepts in education into one convenient resource. The material covered is simplified without being too simplistic. The unit on classroom management is particularly helpful with advice from leading experts and tips for beginning the school year on the right foot. Students and beginning teachers will appreciate the professional knowledge shared in this book and will avoid many pitfalls common to this exciting, yet challenging field."

Rebecca Reiff, PhD, Associate Professor of Education
Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

"The authors have created the most eminently practical guide for pre-service and early career teachers that I have encountered in recent years. In a teaching world that is often intimidating, these three experienced education professors have hit it right on. This is a guide that a teacher can use on Monday morning and then reflect with on Friday afternoon. They tell us how to TEACH rather than how to prepare students for standardized tests. Hooray for this team of practical educators!"

Dr. Susan M. Leist, Professor Emerita
Buffalo State College, NY

"Every classroom teacher and education policymaker should read this fantastic book. Each topic is clearly articulated in a very practical manner. Organizing each unit by First, Second, Now, Tomorrow, and Finally is pedagogically brilliant."

Vito M. Dipinto, Associate Professor
National-Louis University, Chicago, IL

Sample Materials & Chapters


Unit I: Instructional Organization

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