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Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains
From seating plans to Shakespeare, Teaching Outside the Box offers practical strategies that will help both new teachers and seasoned veterans create dynamic classroom environments where students enjoy learning and teachers enjoy teaching. This indispensable book is filled with no-nonsense advice, checklists, and handouts as well as
  • A step-by-step plan to make the first week of school a success
  • Approaches for creating a positive discipline plan
  • Methods for motivating students, especially reluctant readers
  • Strategies for successful classroom management
  • Suggestions for creating and grading student portfolios




Education: The Practice and Profession of Teaching
With new cases in every chapter that bring readers into the real world of teaching, this widely admired text now integrates the core foundations of education with case-based analysis, practical examples of technology in the classroom, and personal encounters with diversity. Now more than ever teachers are being held accountable for results achieved by their students; now more than ever new teachers must be true education professionals, with a wide grasp of teaching knowledge and the ability to use it to solve real problems. This exciting new edition of Education: The Practice and Profession of Teaching melds comprehensive coverage of foundations topics with practical guidance on learning and instruction, and a wealth of insights into how authentic schools, classrooms, and educational systems function.


Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management From a Softy who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher
In this funny and insightful book, Gary Rubinstein relives his own truly disastrous first year of teaching. He begins his teaching career armed only with idealism and romantic visions of teaching - and absolutely no classroom management skills. By his fourth year, however, he is named his school's "Teacher of the Year." As Rubinstein details his transformation from incompetent to successful teacher, he shows what works and what doesn't work when managing a classroom.


The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
The best-selling book ever on classroom management and teaching for student achievement with over 3.3 million copies sold. The book walks a teacher, either novice or veteran, through structuring and organizing a classroom for success that can be applied at any time of the year at any grade level, pre-K through college.

The book is used in thousands of school districts, in over 100 countries, and in over 2,000 college classrooms. It's practical, yet inspiring. But most important, it works!

The new 4th edition includes updated research, photos, and more examples of "how-to" along with an implementation DVD, "Using THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL" featuring Chelonnda Seroyer.

This is the most requested book for what works in the classroom for teacher and student success.

You Have to Go to School--You're the Teacher!: 250 Classroom Management Strategies to Make Your Job Easier and More Fun
The first few weeks of teaching are probably going to be filled with stress.

That ardent advocate of non-confrontational strategies (Rosenblum-Lowden) once again dishes out some classroom management techniques. Readers. . . vouch for the efficacy of her recipes. Time you savored some and made teaching easier and more fun.

Teacher Under Construction: Things I Wish I'd Known!: A Survival Handbook for New Middle School Teachers
Teacher Under Construction: Things I Wish I'd Known! is an indispensable survival manual for any teacher wishing to enter the wonderful world of middle schoolers! It provides practical, essential, and usable information to help new teachers set up and run a classroom, motivate students, and understand the unique setting that is "middle school". Crucial elements discussed include:
  • Behavior management that works!

  • The most important lesson a teacher will ever learn...

  • Parent conferencing checklist

  • Helpful Internet websites for teachers only!

  • Room essentials!

  • Surviving opening day!

  • The 5-10-15-20 rule of time management

  • The M.A.S.T.E.R.Y. Principle of successful teaching


Fred Jones Tools for Teaching: Discipline, Instruction, Motivation
In Tools for Teaching, Dr. Jones describes the skills by which exceptional teachers make the classroom a place of success and enjoyment for both themselves and their students. Tools for Teaching integrates the management of discipline, instruction and motivation into a system that allows you to reduce the stress of teaching by preventing most management headaches. Dr. Jones helps you reduce student disruptions, backtalk, helpless handraising and dawdling while helping you increase responsible behavior, motivation and independent learning. These skills are made accessable by practical, down-to-earth language and many examples and illustrations that provide the next best thing to attending one of Dr. Jones' workshops. The second edition also includes an Overview DVD of Dr. Jones entire program; including how to use the Study Group Acitivity Guide, workshops, and parent videos.


Fred Jones Tools for Teaching
In Tools for Teaching, Dr. Jones describes the skills by which exceptional teachers make the classroom a place of success and enjoyment for both themselves and their students. Tools for Teaching integrates the management of discipline, instruction and motivation into a system that allows you to reduce the stress of teaching by preventing most management headaches. Dr. Jones helps you reduce student disruptions, backtalk, helpless handraising and dawdling while helping you increase responsible behavior, motivation and independent learning. These skills are made accessable by practical, down-to-earth language and many examples and illustrations that provide the next best thing to attending one of Dr. Jones' workshops.

Your First Year As a High School Teacher : Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional
This is one of the few books available that specifically addresses teaching at the high school level. It presents a very realistic picture of what students at this level are like and where they are coming from. The approach is very pragmatic, including things like setting up classroom rules, arranging your desk area, setting up a filing system, preparing for parent meetings, and managing your time.

Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom: Strategies and Tools for Responsive Teaching
This book provides a comprehensive view into the workings of the differentiated classroom. Dr. Tomlinson presents the vital theoretical underpinnings of differentiation, but pairs them with real world vignettes and strategies. This combination helps the reader understand the importance of tailoring instruction to meet students' needs, but also empowers the reader with a sense of "being equipped" with real-school-world tools to help them begin the reconstruction process.

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