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  • New Teacher Book : Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom
    New Teacher Book : Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom


Teaching is a lifelong challenge, but the first few years in the classroom are typically a teacher's hardest. This expanded collection of writings and reflections offers practical guidance on how to navigate the school system, form rewarding relationships with colleagues, and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book The Editorsp. 1
Getting Off to a Good Start
Time to Learnp. 9
Q/A Should I try to be a friend to my students?p. 19
How I Survived My First Yearp. 21
Q/A What should I wear to school?p. 30
Teaching for Social Justicep. 35
12 Tips for New Teachersp. 39
Teaching in the Undertow: Resisting the Pull of Schooling-As-Usualp. 43
How Jury Duty Saved My Careerp. 53
Creating Classroom Community
Building Community from Chaosp. 67
Q/A How can I start building community in my classroom?p. 82
'Brown Kids Can't Be in Our Club': Raising Issues of Race with Young Childrenp. 83
Q/A What can I do when a student makes a racist or sexist remark?p. 93
Framing the Family Tree: How Teachers Can Be Sensitive to Students' Family Situationsp. 95
Q/A What do I do when I realize I've made a mistake with a child?p. 100
Heather's Moms Got Marriedp. 103
Out Frontp. 111
Creating Chemistry in Sophomore Chemistryp. 123
Creating a Literate and Passionate Communityp. 131
Getting Your Classroom Togetherp. 139
Uncovering the Lessons of Classroom Furniture: You Are Where You Sitp. 145
Curriculum, Standards, and Testing
Creating Classrooms for Equity and Social Justicep. 157
'Curriculum Is Everything That Happens': An Interview with Veteran Teacher Rita Tenoriop. 163
Q/A Where can I look for curriculum materials?p. 168
Standards and Tests Attack Multiculturalismp. 169
Q/A My students don't bring back their homework. Should I keep assigning it?p. 180
Working Effectively with English Language Learnersp. 183
Q/A I hate the textbook I've been given to use. What can I do?p. 188
Q/A How do I get started planning a teaching unit?p. 190
ŠI Just Want to Read Frog and Toad'p. 191
Q/A How can I get started using poems with my students?p. 197
Teaching Controversial Contentp. 199
Q/A How do I get a student to redo an assignment?p. 206
Even First-Year Teachers Have Rightsp. 207
Q/A How do I prepare for a substitute teacher?p. 212
Testing Kindergarten: Young Children Produce Data-Lots of Datap. 213
Q/A How can I prepare my students for a field trip?p. 219
Dealing with Standardized Testsp. 221
Reading Between the Bubbles: Teaching Students to Critically Examine Testsp. 227
Q/A I'm totally nervous about being evaluated. And I just got a letter from my principal informing me I'm going to be observed! What should I do?p. 236
Discipline: Rescuing the Remains of the Day When Class Doesn't Go as Planned
The Best Discipline Is Good Curriculump. 241
Discipline: No Quick Fixp. 245
Q/A How can I help my students stay organized?p. 250
The Challenge of Classroom Disciplinep. 251
From 'Sit Down!' to Stand-Up: Laugh Your Classroom Management Problems Awayp. 255
Q/A Do I have to spend my own money on classroom supplies?p. 258
Making Rulesp. 259
Exile Has Its Placep. 267
Helping Students Deal with Angerp. 275
Making Change in the World Beyond the Classroom
Why We Need to Go Beyond the Classroomp. 287
Q/A Should I leave the school I'm in?p. 294
So What Is a Teacher Union Anyway?p. 295
Teachable Moments Not Just for Kidsp. 303
Q/A What should I do if I suspect a student is a victim of abuse?p. 310
'We Must Act as if All the Children Are Ours': An Interview with Parent Activist Lola Gloverp. 311
Q/A What should I do about the parent who keeps showing up in our classroom unannounced, or a parent who's upset and wants to meet with me during the school day?p. 315
Unwrapping the Holidays: Reflections on a Difficult First Yearp. 317
Q/A What should I do if I am asked to take on extracurricular duties or coaching responsibilities as a new teacher?p. 327
Getting Students Off the Trackp. 331
Moving Beyond Tiredp. 339
Action Education: Teacher Organizers Take Quality into Their Own Handsp. 343
Other Resources from Rethinking Schoolsp. 357
Contributorsp. 363
Indexp. 367
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