So Now What? The New Elementary Teacher Survival Guide

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/16/2012
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions

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Welcome to the world of education….Teacher! You have a classroom filled with students and have the opportunity to run the show. You're about to take everything you have mastered and apply it to this class of students and all the future. Yes, you can now say, "I am the teacher, I have the degree, I have the students, and this is MY classroom." Now what are you going to do with all of this? You are filled with excitement but it is now mixed with fear because there is this one very important question on your mind… So, Now What? Welcome to the ultimate new teacher survival guide, So Now What?It is a tool to use, dog ear, highlight and refer to throughout your student teaching experience, your first year of teaching and the many years that are sure to follow. There are tricks of the trade, real-life examples, pictures and charts from current and experienced teachers in the field. Read the reassuring and helpful words of wisdom from those that came before you. Being a teacher is a constant learning process, now you have the perfect pocket guide, So Now What?

Author Biography

Dr. Lori Dassa has spent the last 7 years as a full time faculty member of the Florida Atlantic University,Teaching and Learning Department. Prior to this position she was an Elementary School Teacher with extensive experience ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade in addition to 2 years as a Reading Specialist. She is a wife and mother of 3 children who benefit from her knowledge and expertise in the field of education. Her hobbies include scrapbooking, travel, creative cooking and kangoo fitness.

Table of Contents

Finding a Jobp. 1
Home is Where the Heart isp. 1
Finding a Homep. 1
Making a Selectionp. 2
Hitting the Pavementp. 3
Go Dayp. 3
Questionsp. 4
Your Questionsp. 4
After the Interviewp. 6
For the Futurep. 6
And the Principal Saysp. 7
WORKMAT-The Interview Practicep. 10
Classroom Designp. 11
Arrange and Rearrangep. 11
Being the Furniture Designerp. 12
Be the Interior Decoratorp. 15
Anchor Chartsp. 17
Post the Rules/Proceduresp. 19
Teacher and Librarian Toop. 20
Create an Australia?p. 23
Technologyp. 24
The Deskp. 26
WORKMAT - MAP it Outp. 28
The TEAMp. 29
Places to Go, People to Seep. 29
There's No I in Teamp. 29
The School Buildingp. 29
Home Away From Homep. 31
Give me a T. Give me an E. Give me an A. Give me a Mp. 32
B.F.F. (Best Friends Forever) Outside Your Teamp. 33
No Question is a Dumb Question Exceptp. 34
WORKMAT-Team Cheat Sheetp. 36
Managementp. 37
Smile or No Smile? That is the Questionp. 37
The Royal Familyp. 37
Climate…Take Away the Chillp. 39
Rules to Live Byp. 39
My Job Isp. 41
Schedulesp. 43
Preventing a Problem Before it Startsp. 45
WORKMAT- Proceduresp. 48
The First Dayp. 49
Hello, My Name Isp. 49
So Long, Farewellp. 49
Dress for Successp. 50
Show Them That You Carep. 51
Musical Chairsp. 52
Initiating Activityp. 52
Nice To Meet Youp. 54
Proceed With Cautionp. 57
Take the Tourp. 57
Schedules, Schedules, Schedulesp. 58
Back to Dismissal?p. 59
Come Back Tomorrowp. 59
Planningp. 60
What Am I Supposed to Teach?p. 60
The Importance of Planningp. 60
What Do I Teach?p. 60
Year Long Planp. 62
Unit Planningp. 63
Process Versus Productp. 65
Out of the Boxp. 65
What Else?p. 67
Expectation for Learningp. 69
Self Reflectionp. 69
Substitute Plansp. 70
Diversity and Differentiating Instructionp. 72
Making a Differencep. 72
Diversity and Differentiation of Instructionp. 72
What's the Label?p. 72
Students are Individualsp. 73
Culturally Relevant Practicesp. 74
What Can Teachers Do?p. 74
Theoriesp. 76
Putting Theories into Practicep. 76
Bloom's Taxonomyp. 76
Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK)p. 77
Gardner's Multiple Intelligencesp. 78
Marzano's Frameworkp. 79
Learning Goal Scalesp. 81
Slavin's Cooperative Learningp. 83
WORKMAT 1- Let's Thinkp. 85
WORKMAT 2 - Learning G-O-A-L!p. 86
Teaching Styles and Techniquesp. 87
You've Got Stylep. 87
Square or Round?p. 87
WORKMAT - Analysis Surveyp. 89
Results of Workmatp. 90
Assertive and Formalp. 91
Suggestive and Collaborativep. 92
Facilitativep. 92
Delegatorp. 92
I Know My Shape … Now what?p. 93
Assertive/Formal Methodp. 93
Direct Instructionp. 93
Suggestive/Collaborative Methodsp. 93
Demonstrationp. 93
Cooperative Learningp. 94
Facilitative Methodsp. 94
Discussion Methodp. 94
Concept and Inquiry Basedp. 94
Delegator Methodsp. 94
Problem Based Learningp. 94
Discovery Learningp. 95
Centersp. 96
The Center of My Universep. 96
Radical Rotationsp. 96
What is a Center?p. 96
Let's Try Differentp. 97
Making a Fitp. 98
Creating Centersp. 98
Back to Radical Rotationsp. 100
Let's Get Visualp. 100
Color Codingp. 101
Alternative Rotationsp. 102
Label, Label, Labelp. 104
Center Rulesp. 105
Materialsp. 105
Time is of the Essencep. 106
Over and Overp. 107
Practice, Practice, Practicep. 107
Monitoring Progressp. 108
Keep it Freshp. 108
Assessmentp. 109
I'm Watching Youp. 109
What is Assessmentp. 109
The Objective and Assessment Linkp. 109
Assessment…Let's Break it Downp. 110
Types of Assessmentp. 110
Alternative Assessmentp. 112
Affective Assessmentp. 113
Standardized Testingp. 114
Teaching TO the Testp. 114
Teaching FOR the Testp. 115
WORKMAT - 2 Dummies, 1 Good, 1 Greatp. 116
Paperworkp. 117
Piled High with Paperworkp. 117
Attendance and Lunch Countp. 117
Newsletterp. 118
Classwork and Homeworkp. 120
School-wide Papersp. 122
Formsp. 122
Student Recordsp. 122
Graded Papersp. 123
Meet the Parentsp. 124
Still More Paperworkp. 125
Final Thoughtsp. 126
Time to Do it Over Againp. 126
Referencesp. 127
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