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Your First Year As a High School Teacher: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional [Paperback]

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Item description for Your First Year As a High School Teacher: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional by Lynne Marie Rominger, Suzanne Packard Laughrea & Natalie Elkin...

Written with a witty flair and containing real-life stories and anecdotes, this guide is the perfect companion for the high school teacher who wants to succeed in the first year and beyond.

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Survive & Thrive in the Classroom From Day One
Teaching high school students is the toughest job you'll ever love. Of course, often it is an acquired love. You must learn to manage your students' education "and" play parent, counselor, police officer, and mentor. Wow Now "relax"--it doesn't have to be overwhelming. With a little preparation you can ensure that you and your students get the most out of your time in the classroom and "enjoy" it
Full of real-world advice and answers for the complex issues facing today's high school teachers, this down-to-earth and witty book will teach you how to create an atmosphere of cooperation, learning, and respect within your classroom. Use this helpful guide as your personal mentor to achieve a successful and satisfying career as a high school teacher.
Earn straight A's your first year by knowing how to:
-Create an attention-grabbing and interactive teaching environment
-Manage difficult students and unique teenage problems
-Communicate, educate, and have fun with your students
-Balance the demands of old-school administrators and pushy parents
-Fairly assess, grade, and evaluate students
-Develop effective and engrossing lesson plans
"Straightforward, up-to-date, and engaging. I've seen a lot of resource books for new teachers, and this is the best of the bunch."
--Wendell Geis, continuing education administrator, University of California, Davis

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Three Rivers Press
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 7.36" Height: 1.03"
Weight:   1.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 22, 2001
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
ISBN  0761529691  
ISBN13  9780761529699  

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More About Lynne Marie Rominger, Suzanne Packard Laughrea & Natalie Elkin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynne Rominger is a teacher and freelance writer. An accomplished journalist, she lives in Roseville, California.
Suzanne Packard Laughrea, a respected speaker and presenter on education and English, has 19 years of high school teaching experience. She lives in Rocklin, California.
Natalie Elkin is a high school teacher with a psychology background who also has experience as a middle school teacher. She resides in Sacramento, California.

Lynne Marie Rominger currently resides in Roseville, in the state of California.

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A Good Refresher, but Not a Lot of New Info  Jun 11, 2008
After just recently graduating from an education program, I found this book to be a bit too simplistic. It gave a great overview of everything a teacher could want to know, but lacked new, innovative ideas. If you are just getting into education or teaching, this will be an excellent resource. If you have already been studying education and/or working in classrooms as an undergrad, you may find this, as I did, filled mostly with common sense ideas. I also found several errors throughout, ones which could easily have been found by a good editor. Additionally, as this was written in 2001, the section on technology in the classroom is a bit outdated. They speak about overhead projectors, whereas now, most classrooms are starting to move to SmartBoards and other newer forms of technology. Finally, I found the book ended abruptly. It ended with information on union membership... and that was it. All done! I found it strange how there was no closing or concluding information, ideas, or even a good luck! Overall, it was worth the money as a good refresher, but I was left wishing for more!
A Very Good Item for New Secondary Teachers  Nov 21, 2007
This is a good item to have in your bookcase for those venturing into Secondary Education. A lot of books on the market are really geared towards the Elementary educator and does not provide crucial information necessary for the high school teacher (e.g. Wong's First Days of Teaching). I recommend this book because it offers survival tips not found in our education courses, but sometimes can be found through student teaching. It is a great resource!
basic info... so much of it the baby goes out with bathwater  Jul 26, 2007
i agree entirely with the previous reviewer, in that book tries casts a scope so wide that it becomes nearly useless as a resorce for a beginning teacher. this book would be excellent for a person who has not taken a teachers training course (B. Ed., or teachers college), but for those who have, the info is so basic as to become useless. there is simply so much info here that is redundant to any decent training you might have already had, and any gems that may be buried within are lost amongst the mass.

i give this book two stars, because for a person who has not been trained to teach this book really does cover *all* of the basics (mostly theory that guides your practice). however, going into this book i know what i needed, which is: 1) straightforward, practical pointers on what i need to do to prepare, 2) suggestions for activites to use in the first week.

going in to a teaching career, you will hopefully have so much support from fellow teachers that you will be getting first hand info and guidance (probably even lesson plans) that you will not need to worry, but that first week is what things will hinge on, and it is probably the week that you are most on your own. this book should be 1/3 the size, include sample rubrics and other tools, and condensed all of it's info.
A Must Have  Mar 9, 2007
For the first year or beginning teacher, this book is "a must have".
It provides concrete advice about what a beginning teacher should and
should not do. It is extremely "readable", with no fancy jargon, and a real
resource to help a new teacher get started. On top of that it is actually
entertaining to read, not boring. I highly recommend it!
Great Review of College Preparation  Jul 30, 2006
I have been searching for teaching job for 4 years now and have finally been offered one. After being out of college for that long period, I was worried about my classroom managment practices. This book was a great review of everything learned in college plus some! I also have Wong's First Days of School. I think that this text far surpasses Wong's.

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