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Keys to the Secondary Classroom
A Teacher’s Guide to the First Months of School

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November 2009 | 288 pages | Corwin

"The suggestions and tips give teachers a solid start to their year and help their students achieve. This book has a unique focus on secondary teachers."
—Janet Crews, Secondary Instructional Coordinator
Clayton School District, MO

"A blueprint for successful teaching; an entire year of teaching methods in one volume. This book is jam-packed with practical, useful forms to guarantee a meaningful year for both the students and especially the teacher!"
—Ronald W. Poplau, Social Studies Teacher
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

An easy-to-use source for all the strategies you need to thrive in the secondary classroom!

Preparing adolescent students for today's increasing demands requires commitment, organization, subject matter knowledge, and passion. But with the right strategies and tools, first-year secondary school teachers can approach this challenge with greater confidence and ease.

Leveraging a wealth of information and research from the New Teacher Center, this user-friendly guide provides a solid foundation for classroom management, lesson planning, and assessment. Teachers will learn step-by-step tips for organizing standards-based curriculum across the content areas, supported by extensive reproducible forms and go-to references, including lesson plans from exemplary math and language arts teachers. The authors provide specific strategies for:

  • Reaching struggling readers
  • Working with English learners and their families
  • Designing lessons with assessment in mind
  • Sustaining a passion for teaching

Covering everything needed for your first year and beyond, this guide provides invaluable insights on succeeding with adolescent students.

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. The Adolescent Learner: Key Questions About Adolescents and "Win-Win" Teacher Responses
 
2. The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Started
 
3. Rules, Routines, and Procedures: Basics for Daily Classroom Management
 
4. Community and Team Building: Activities for the Secondary Classroom
 
5. Big Picture Guide to Standards-Based Curriculum and Instruction
 
6. Strategies for Daily Lesson Planning and Student Engagement
 
7. Planning for the First Two Weeks of Math Class: Lesson Plans for Mathematics
 
8. Planning for the First Two Weeks of English and Social Studies Class: Lesson Plans for English and Social Studies Core
 
9. Supporting Secondary Students to Read Subject Matter Text
 
10. Teaching for English Language Learner Success: Key Ideas and Strategies for All Secondary Teachers
 
11. Assessment of Student Learning: Monitoring Students' Progress
 
12. Communication With Parents: Maintaining That Vital Link
 
Epilogue: Sustaining a Passion for Teaching
 
Appendix: Sample Class Guidelines Letter
 
Key Resources for Secondary Teachers
 
References
 
Index

"The suggestions and tips give teachers a solid start to their year and help their students achieve. This book has a unique focus on secondary teachers."

Janet Crews, Secondary Instructional Coordinator
Clayton School District, MO

"The author not only describes the characteristics of an adolescent learner, but also how to address their unique needs."

Lori L. Grossman, Instructional Coordinator, ECH and Mentoring
Houston Independent School District, TX

"A blueprint for successful teaching; an entire year of teaching methods in one volume. This book is jam-packed with practical, useful forms to guarantee a meaningful year for both the students and especially the teacher!"

Ronald W. Poplau, Social Studies Teacher
Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, KS

"Very complete coverage of the many diverse situations and tasks teachers need to think about and plan out before students arrive. The suggestions in this book assist teachers in proactively setting themselves up for success. This book is chock full of great strategies to help students internalize their learning, and all needed materials are provided."

Kathy Tritz-Rhodes, Principal
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School, IA

Sample Materials & Chapters

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