Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide

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Appropriate as a supplement in any general methods course. This practical guide was created to help alleviate the stresses and strains that are sometimes experienced by first-time teachers. Experienced teachers will also benefit from the smorgasbord of strategies and tips that are included for solving the everyday problems faced in organizing and managing the classroom, working with students and maintaining classroom control and interacting with parents and other adults in the school community. The book provides a range of practical options to be adapted by teachers to fit their unique classroom situations. These ideas and strategies are to be tested and modified to fit the grade level and specific needs of the user.

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For the new or experienced teacher, here is repertoire of ready-to-use tips and strategies for solving the everyday problems you face in organizing and managing the classroom, working with students and maintaining classroom control, interacting with parents and other adults in the school community, and coping with the daily stresses of teaching.

Included are tested suggestions, techniques and reproducinles to help you save time and handle problems in scored of specific areas such as classroom routines, motivation, supplies, parent conferences, lesson plans, grading, conflict resolution, testing, team teaching, cooperative learning, homework, open houses, and many more.

And all of this useful material is organized into seven convenient sections and printed in a big spiral-bound format that folds flat for easy photocopying. Following is just a sampling of the topics and reproducibles you'll find in each section:

Creating a Supportive Learning Environment?The first day of school... Humor in the classroom... Rules... Hot tips for managing classroom behavior ...Potential classroom rewards... plus 20 reproducibles such as Student personal record, Problem behavior checklist and Documented interventions record sheet.

Creating Successful Lessons?Lesson plans... Beginning a Class... Tips for maintaining interest... Closing a lesson... Homework that helps... Bulletin Boards... Assessing student performance... and seven reproducibles like a Weekly assignment record.

Alternatives to Lecturing?Hot tips for asking effective questions... Questions & answers... Brainstorming... List making... Journal Keeping... Interviews... Debates... Role playing... Field trips... Oral presentations... and 19 other techniques plus a Field trip checklist, Team record, and other reproducibles

Building a Learning Community?Working with other teachers... Guidelines for collaborative teams... Improving Parent-teacher relations... Substitutes... plus ready-to-use handouts such as Parent survey, Parent conference record, and Team assessment form.

In Search of Educational Excellence?Becoming an effective teacher... Why teachers fail... Effective schools... Professional development... Stress & burnout in the classroom... Educational journals... including an Effective teacher checklist.

Effective Use of School Time?Tips on minimizing classroom interruptions... Teacher time robbers... Distributing & collecting materials... Regaining Students' attention... Paperwork... Assessing student time-on-task... Student help... plus 13 reproducibles such as School Interruption Survey, Teacher Time log and daily Things to do form.

Helpful Teaching Resources?ERIC clearinghouses... The internet as a learning resource: electronic mail, discussion groups, file transfer protocol... Computer software for improving teacher productivity... and Suppliers of instructional materials.

Compiled from hundreds of teachers over a period of 20 years, the ideas and techniques in the Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide give you an unparalleled collection of proven, practical options you can use as is or adapt to fit your own unique classroom situations.

About the Author:

A onetime high school social studies teacher, Ronald L. Partin, Ph.D., served as a professor of education at Bowling Green University for many years and recently retired.

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