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Contents Introduction Part I Preparing Yourself for Teaching Chapter 1 Fitting in with the Staff Five Ways to Jump-Start Your Year Become Familiar with the Community Read Up on Policy Read Up on Your Students Become Familiar with the School Become Familiar with the "Buzzwords" Your New Coworkers The Teaching Staff The Principal The Vice Principal The School Secretary The Custodian The Cafeteria Staff The Teaching Aides The Resource Teacher The Librarian or Media Specialist The Teaching Specialists Professional Help The School Nurse The School Bus Driver The School Board Conclusion Chapter 2 Building Rapport with Your Students The Mechanics Learning Names Seating Daily Schedule Class Rules Your Dress Your Voice Body Language Mannerisms Humor The Caring Don't Prejudge Any Student Avoid Sexism Respect Your Students' Religious Backgrounds Respect Your Children's Ethnic and Cultural Backgrounds Give Awards, Rewards, and Praise Make Your Students Feel Like Part of a Family Demonstrate Self-Esteem Conclusion Chapter 3 Building Rapport with the Parents Opportunities to Meet Parents Back-to-School Night or Open House Preparing for Back-to-School Night or Open House Goals for a Successful Back-to-School Night or Open House Parent-Teacher Conferences Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences Goals for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences Following Up on Parent-Teacher Conferences Kindergarten Orientations Preparing for the Beginning-of-the-Year Orientation Goals for a Successful Beginning-of-the-Year Orientation Report Cards Classroom Newsletters Problem Parents Parent Volunteer Groups Conclusion Chapter 4 Preparing for Extracurriculars Field Trips Planning the Field Trip Recruiting Volunteers Sending Permission Slips Notifying the School Staff Supervising the Field Trip Fund-Raising Classroom Guests and Outside Speakers School Dances Team Sports Events Clubs and Organizations Conclusion Chapter 5 Wearing the Teacher?s Many Hats Surrogate Parent Friend Social Worker Provider Psychologist Nurse Emergency Worker Conclusion Part II Preparing Your Classroom Chapter 6 Setting up the Classroom Environment The General Room Environment Traffic Flow Desk Arrangements Sound Control Plants Incandescent Lighting Room Temperature Smells Walls and Bulletin Boards Interest Centers The Reading Center The Reference Center The Audiovisual Center The Science Center The Writing Center The Math Center The Pet Center The Computer Center The Game Center Conclusion Chapter 7 Stocking Up on Teachers? Supplies What You Will Need For Your Desk For Your Filing Cabinet (unlocked drawers) For Your Filing Cabinet (locked drawers) For Your Supply Cabinet Decorating/Teaching Supplies Supply Sources Conclusion Chapter 8 Preparing for a Substitute Emergency Lesson Plans for Your Substitute General Information for Your Substitute A Few Helpful Hints Conclusion Part III Tackling the Big Three: Stress, Discipline, and Time Management Chapter 9 Managing Your Stress Lighten Up! Learn to Relax Exercise Every Day Eat Well Keep a Positive Attitude and a Sense of Humor Find a Support Group Know When to Seek Professional Help Your Body Your Behavior Your Emotions Your Thoughts Conclusion Chapter 10 Disciplining Students and Controlling the Classroom Positive Reinforcements and Negative Consequences Classroom Rules Positive Reinforcement Praise Awards Rewards Phone Calls and Notes to Parents Negative Consequences A Sample Discipline Ladder Alternative Methods of Classroom Control Severe Discipline Problems Vulgar Language Sexual Misbehavior Stealing Drugs and Alcohol Weapons Gangs Violence "Keep Schools Safe" Violence Prevention Conclusion Chapter 11 Managing Your Time Learn to Prioritize Ask Your Teaching Aide to Help Grade Papers and Tests Correct Every Third Paper Do Brief Assessments of Written Essay Compositions Use the "Circle Your Best 10 Lines" Method of Grading Use Volunteers to Help Grade Use Alternative Methods of Authentic Assessment Make Quality Lesson Plans in Less Time Don't Let Bulletin Boards Consume Your Extra Time Learn to Organize Your Desk Your Filing Cabinet Your Storage Cabinets Your Calendar Learn to Set Goals Conclusion Part IV Words of Encouragement Chapter 12 Ask the Old Pros Teaching Issues Discipline Issues Issues with Parents Administrative and Coworker Issues Personal Issues Chapter 13 "I Can Do This!" Glossary: All Those Buzzwords! Appendix: Helpful Web Sites for Teachers Bibliography Index
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