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Keys to the Secondary Classroom

Keys to the Secondary Classroom
A Teacher’s Guide to the First Months of School

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January 2010 | 288 pages | Corwin
Preparing adolescent students for the increasing demands of our world is a complex and challenging activity. This user-friendly book for secondary school teachers is designed to help make your teaching life easier and, in the process, improve academic success for your students.

The authors provide a firm foundation for classroom management, lesson planning, assessment, and offer invaluable tips for setting expectations for student behaviour, establishing clear procedures for homework, and communicating with parents and the outside community.

Readers will find two chapters dedicated to lesson planning for mathematics and humanities curriculum, chock full of reproducible forms ready to use in the classroom. Teachers will appreciate the way Keys for the Secondary Classroom demystifies the steps it takes to become an exemplary secondary school teacher.

About the Authors
1. The Adolescent Learner: Key Questions About Adolescents and "Win-Win" Teacher Responses
2. The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started
3. Rules, Routines, and Procedures: Basics for Daily Classroom Management
4. Community and Team Building: Activities for the Secondary Classroom
5. Big Picture Guide to Standards-Based Curriculum and Instruction
6. Strategies for Daily Lesson Planning and Student Engagement
7. Planning for the First Two Weeks of Math Class: Lesson Plans for Mathematics
8. Planning for the First Two Weeks of English and Social Studies Class: Lesson Plans for English and Social Studies Core
9. Supporting Secondary Students to Read Subject Matter Text
10. Teaching for English Language Learner Success: Key Ideas and Strategies for All Secondary Teachers
11. Assessment of Student Learning: Monitoring Students' Progress
12. Communication With Parents: Maintaining That Vital Link
Epilogue: Sustaining a Passion for Teaching
Appendix: Sample Class Guidelines Letter
Key Resources for Secondary Teachers

"The suggestions and tips give teachers a solid start to their year and help their students achieve. This book has a unique focus on secondary teachers."

Janet Crews, Secondary Instructional Coordinator
Clayton School District, MO

"The author not only describes the characteristics of an adolescent learner, but also how to address their unique needs."

Lori L. Grossman, Instructional Coordinator, ECH and Mentoring
Houston Independent School District, TX

"A blueprint for successful teaching; an entire year of teaching methods in one volume. This book is jam-packed with practical, useful forms to guarantee a meaningful year for both the students and especially the teacher!"

Ronald W. Poplau, Social Studies Teacher
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

"Very complete coverage of the many diverse situations and tasks teachers need to think about and plan out before students arrive. The suggestions in this book assist teachers in proactively setting themselves up for success. This book is chock full of great strategies to help students internalize their learning, and all needed materials are provided."

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School, IA

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