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In a Class of Your Own

In a Class of Your Own
Essential Strategies for the New K–6 Teacher

October 2010 | 80 pages | Corwin
Rhoda Samkoff simplifies the process of becoming acclimatised to the teaching profession by addressing concerns that new teachers often have and offering strategies for dealing with the most challenging—and most common—new teacher situations. This handbook is like having a mentor in the classroom next door. Using a blend of examples from real classrooms and advice from experienced teachers, this easy-to-read book provides information on a wide range of topics, such as strategies for planning effective lessons, communicating with parents, and dealing with specific student behaviours. Each chapter includes:

- TIPS, or Theory-Into-Practice Strategies that provide workable strategies for teachers

- Anecdotes from actual classroom situations

- Time-saving reproducible "start-up" materials such as forms, rubrics, and checklists

- Frequently asked questions that address the concerns of new teachers.

About the Author
1. Preparing
You Are Not Alone

Taking Care of Yourself Before Taking Care of Others

Keeping Your Sense of Humor

Defining Your Role as Teacher

Work Relationships

Community Connections

2. Anticipating
Strategies for Preventing Common Mistakes

Frequently Asked Questions

3. Organizing
Efficient Storage and Retrieval Systems

Purposeful Projects

Using Teaching Space Wisely

Health and Safety First

4. Managing
Keys to Managing Groups

Exercise and Productivity


Handling Paperwork

Behavior Issues and Disciplinary Options

5. Communicating
Miscommunication Happens

Meeting the Parents

The Parent Conference

6. Instructing
Formulating Clear Objectives and a Plan

Differentiating Instruction

Review, Review, Review?


?Take Out Your Homework?

7. Observing and Being Observed
Be Yourself? and Be Prepared

Learning by Observing

8. Respecting
Providing for Differences and Disabilities

Cultural Diversity and Your English Language Learners

Teaching Values

9. Reflecting
Self-Assessment: A Sign of Professional Growth

References and Additional Resources

“This book includes a wealth of practical ideas for the new teacher. Written from a mentor's point of view, it is an excellent resource with relevant topics, easy to read, rich with concrete real-life examples, and filled with strategies that can be implemented immediately.”

Jane Ching Fung, Kindergarten Teacher/Mentor
Alexander Science Center School, Los Angeles, CA

“The contributions from this delightful, caring, mentor-on-the side approach will assure the new educator that all issues can be addressed by working together with resources already available—including this book! The practical T.I.P.S. are a teacher’s gold mine. The book offers a great balance of useful information—very pleasing to the busy teacher’s time palate.”

Cathern Wildey, Adjunct Professor of Education
Nova Southeastern University

“This is a wonderful guide for new teachers. The anecdotes from actual classroom situations help develop a connection between the author and the novice teacher. This helpful guide is practical, upbeat, and the ideas are easy to implement. Everyone needs a positive coach to encourage his/her development as an excellent teacher!"

Patricia Palmer, Sixth-Grade Teacher
Wynford School, Bucyrus, OH

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Preparing

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ISBN: 9781412986670