Secrets to Success for Beginning Elementary School Teachers

Skyhorse Publishing
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  • erschienen am 15. September 2018
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  • 256 Seiten
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978-1-5107-3308-4 (ISBN)
Packed with insider tips, practical strategies, and time-tested advice, this invaluable guide is designed for new and preservice educators. Offering a wide range of perspectives, authors Ellen Kottler and Nancy P. Gallavan cover the essential topics that novice teachers encounter, including establishing routines and classroom rules, planning instruction and assessment techniques, networking with colleagues, navigating school policies and procedures, and communicating effectively with parents. Tools and resources include:
  • Steps for developing meaningful curriculum
  • Activities to extend learning and apply ideas in the classroom
  • Preparation guidelines and checklists
  • Lesson plan formats
  • Strategies for including technology
Serving as a virtual "mentor," this handbook combines the insights of experienced teachers with straightforward portrayals of what to expect during the first days, weeks, semesters, and years in the classroom. Reduce your stress, improve your skills, and assure your success with this extraordinary resource.
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Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for more than thirty years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country' s largest school districts. She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors
  • 1. Learning Your Way Around the School
  • Orient Yourself
  • Make Friends With the Secretaries and Assistants
  • Learn the Policies and Regulations
  • Preview the Daily and Weekly Schedules
  • Meet Your Grade Level Colleagues
  • Inspect Your Classroom
  • Introduce Yourself to the Custodians
  • Familiarize Yourself With Safety
  • Investigate Your School's Traditions
  • Acquaint Yourself With the School's History
  • Introduce Yourself to Others
  • Take a Breath . . .
  • 2. Organizing Your Classroom
  • Survey Your Space
  • Establish Placement and Movement
  • Arrange Learning Stations and Centers
  • Consider Whiteboards and Bulletin Boards
  • Check Equipment and Storage
  • Locate Materials and Supplies
  • Color Code Materials and Equipment
  • Post Schedules and Procedures
  • Position Baskets, Files, and Mailboxes
  • Set Up Your Desk
  • Gather First-Aid Supplies
  • Create an Inviting Sense of Place . . .
  • 3. Knowing Your Students
  • Get Your Class List
  • Send a Welcoming Postcard
  • Gather Student Information
  • Establish a Shared Learning Community
  • Learn Your Students' Cultural Backgrounds
  • Focus on Gender Equity
  • Explore Your Students' Learning Styles
  • Address Multiple Intelligences
  • Investigate Students' Needs and Special Services
  • Identify Gifted and Talented Students
  • Learn More as the Year Progresses
  • Construct a School Supply List
  • Prepare to Welcome Your Students
  • Get Ready to Have Fun . . .
  • 4. Beginning and Ending School on the First Day
  • Meet Your Students as They Arrive
  • Take Your Students to Their New Classroom
  • Help Your Students Move In
  • Use Nametags to Learn Names
  • Show Students Around the Classroom and School
  • Make Introductions
  • Try Not to Do Too Much Too Soon
  • Establish Procedures and Expectations
  • Organize Classroom Helpers
  • Introduce the Daily Schedule
  • Give Students a Meaningful Activity
  • Prepare a First Day Letter to Parents
  • Review the Day Before Going Home
  • Look Forward to the Next Day . . .
  • 5. Developing Meaningful Curriculum
  • Understand Key Concepts
  • Clarify Goals and Objectives
  • Follow a Curriculum Checklist to Fit Context
  • Review National Standards and Purposes
  • Access State Academic Expectations
  • Learn School District Scope and Sequence
  • Consider Your School's Mission
  • Design a Yearlong Plan
  • Think About Content and Skills
  • Align Curriculum With Instruction and Assessment
  • Match the Curriculum to Your Students
  • Take Time to Reflect, Evaluate, and Revise . . .
  • 6. Planning Instruction and Assessment
  • Select a Lesson Plan Format
  • Consider Your Students' Needs
  • Analyze Your Teaching Style
  • Begin With Objectives and Assessments
  • Provide Authentic and Alternative Assessments
  • Develop Scoring Rubrics
  • Give Students Choices in Expression
  • Decide When to Use Assessments
  • Benefit From Standardized Testing
  • Use a Variety of Teaching Strategies
  • Determine Individual, Partner, and Group Activities
  • Let Students Teach One Another
  • Allocate Time to Plan and Prepare
  • Keep Students Actively Engaged . . .
  • 7. Establishing Routines and Management
  • Familiarize Students With School Facilities
  • Demonstrate Uses of Classroom Features
  • Show Students How to Access Materials
  • Stay Positive and Patient
  • Explain School Discipline Policies
  • Decide Classroom Procedures Collaboratively
  • Discuss Consequences
  • Reinforce Frequently
  • Discipline Fairly
  • Build Community With Class Meetings
  • Model Genuine Care and Concern
  • Be Sure the Classroom Is a Shared Space . . .
  • 8. Valuing Cultural Diversity
  • Become Acquainted With Families
  • Understand That Every Child Is Unique and Special
  • Recognize Your Own Cultural Characteristics
  • Learn to Accept Similarities and Differences
  • Take Time to Incorporate Multicultural Education
  • Visit the Area Around Your School
  • Meet Multicultural Educational Goals
  • Be Aware of Gender Bias
  • Notice Teaching Zones of Proximity
  • Observe Grouping and Discipline Patterns
  • Encourage All Children to Respect All Children
  • Strive for Equity and Excellence for All Children
  • Make Certain Everyone Feels Safe and Welcome . . .
  • 9. Using Instructional Technology
  • Understand the Content of Technology
  • Apply the Processes of Technology
  • Appreciate the Context of Technology
  • Take a Technology Inventory
  • Get to Know Technology Standards
  • Plan Your Uses of Instructional Technology
  • Identify Learning Outcomes
  • Guide Students in Gaining Information
  • Express Learning Technologically
  • Beware of the Digital Divide
  • Increase Your Administrative Efficiency
  • Advance Your Knowledge and Abilities
  • Let Technology Be Your Friend . . .
  • 10. Developing as a Professional
  • Dress for Success
  • Use Clothing as a Teaching Tool
  • Tune In to the Weather
  • Remember You Are a Role Model
  • Know Your Community
  • Select Your Words and Actions Mindfully
  • Consider Various Lunch Locations
  • Cultivate Your Associations Wisely
  • Maintain Confidentialities
  • Keep and Prepare for Appointments
  • Attend to Personal Matters Outside of School
  • Strive for Professionalism Everywhere . . .
  • 11. Connecting With Students
  • Implement Ongoing Classroom Management
  • Be Visible and Available to All Students
  • Listen More and Talk Less
  • Serve as Mediator Rather Than Problem Solver
  • Ask Students to Write and Draw
  • Treat All Students With Fairness and Respect
  • Understand Student Development
  • Be Aware of Attention Deficits
  • Avoid Direct Confrontation
  • Use a Contract System
  • Contact Specialists for Assistance
  • Seek Ways to Ensure Success . . .
  • 12. Communicating With Parents
  • Smile and Welcome Parents
  • Be Available for Parents Before and After School
  • Call Every Parent With Good News and Often
  • Prepare Early for Open House
  • Ask for and Appreciate Parent Volunteers
  • Attend Parent-Teacher Organization Meetings
  • Send Progress Reports Regularly
  • Write Thank-You Notes Promptly
  • Plan for Parent Conferences
  • Contact Parents Immediately When Concerns Arise
  • Understand Limited Responses From Parents
  • Include Families in All You Do . . .
  • 13. Using a Substitute
  • Know How to Arrange Substitute Coverage
  • Select Absences Judiciously
  • Prepare General Guidelines
  • Include Specific Instructions
  • Keep Procedures Current
  • Leave Meaningful Plans
  • Gather All Materials
  • Meet Available Substitute Teachers
  • Ask Colleagues for Suggestions
  • Create a Response Form
  • Stay Realistic in Your Expectations
  • Be Prepared and Rest Easily While Away . . .
  • 14. Getting Involved With the School
  • Attend All Faculty Meetings
  • Interact With Your Team
  • Volunteer to Serve on Committees
  • Assist With Projects and Presentations
  • Help With Curricular Writing
  • Participate in Social Events
  • Understand Classroom Party Policies
  • Contribute to Schoolwide Endeavors
  • Join in Special School Events
  • Co-Sponsor an Afterschool Club
  • Demonstrate Support of Activities
  • Become Part of the School Community . . .
  • Reflections
  • Become the Teacher You Want Your Students to Enjoy
  • Keep an Album
  • Remember: It's a Journey and a Destination . . .
  • References and Readings
  • Index

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