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Recipe for Great Teaching
11 Essential Ingredients



October 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin
Charismatic teacher, trainer, staff developer, and school principal Anita Moultrie Turner offers us her "recipe" for how great teachers lead great classrooms. This humorous and accurate little guide to effective classrooms where all learners succeed will be a tasty treat for new teachers, experienced teachers, and staff developers alike.

The author's 11 essential "ingredients" for success include:

• Motivating students "with a spoonful of honey"

• Managing student behaviour and discipline ("making sure the cake rises")

• Creating a positive classroom environment ("an equitable dining room")

Each chapter features "extra seasonings" and "savory morsels," including classroom stories, quotations, and small servings of educational wit and wisdom. A "reflection menu" and cross references to other topics provide "dessert" for each chapter, making this a delicious way to learn and share best teaching practices with colleagues.

 
Foreword by Andrea Maxie
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Passion and Compassion: The Power of a Great Teacher
Love Yourself: Leaving a Powerful Impact on Young Minds

 
You Are a Role Model

 
Love Your Students: Engaging the Potential in Each Student

 
Love the Profession of Teaching

 
The Power of One: Encouraging Academic Excellence

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
2. Communication: An Essential Ingredient
The Educator: 25 NOT 5

 
No Favoritism: No Teacher’s Pet

 
Nonverbal Messages

 
Call Home: Open Communication with Parents

 
Refrain From Making Any Value Judgments!

 
Parent Conferences

 
True Story #1

 
Lunchroom Conversations

 
The Students: Factors Influencing Effective Oral Communication

 
Standard English Acquisition

 
True Story #2

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
3. Praise and Self-Esteem: A Spoon Full of Honey
Reinforcing the Positive Attributes of Students

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
 
4. Respect and Self-Respect: Marinating Positive Relationships
Maintaining Respectful Behavior in the Classroom

 
Teachers Can Model Respect and Self-Respect

 
True Story #1

 
True Story #2

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like…

 
 
5. Classroom Environment: An Equitable Dining Room
Create a Warm and Trusting Community of Learners

 
Your Classroom Belongs to Everyone

 
Your Classroom is a Multi-Sensory Environment

 
Seating Arrangements and Student Roles Influence the Environment

 
Respect is the Dish of the Day….Everyday

 
It’s a Shame to Waste…Anything!

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like These Ingredients, You’ll Also Like...

 
 
6. Classroom Management: A Great Teacher Is the Master Chef
Set Clear Guidelines, Rules, and Procedures

 
Ingredients to Running an Effective Classroom

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
7. Discipline: Making Sure the Cake Rises
Who is in Control of Your Classroom?

 
Be Fair and Consistent

 
Key Points to Remember

 
Leadership Opportunities Diminishes Disciplinary Challenges

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like These Ingredients, You’ll Also Like…

 
 
8. Organizing Notebooks: Celebrating Successful Recipes
Purchasing Notebook Materials

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
9. Real-Life Skills: Catering for Life Beyond the Classroom
Integrating Real Life Skills Across the Curriculum

 
Parent Involvement

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
10. The Whole Dinner: Collaboration and Equity
Promoting Staff Involvement

 
Promoting Parental Involvement

 
Promoting Student Involvement

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
11. Welcome to the Table
Fixings for a Great Teacher

 
True Story

 
Extra Seasoning

 
Savory Morsel

 
Reflection Menu

 
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .

 
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"I particularly liked all the examples and 'bags of tricks,' such as what to include on a bulletin board and how to set up a student notebook. Very valuable to new teachers."

Kathleen Prisbell, English Teacher/Curriculum Council Chair
Russell O. Brackman Middle School, Barnegat, NJ

"Uses tried-and-true methods that work. A wonderful addition are the Extra Seasoning, Savory Morsel, and Reflection sections, which make the reader summarize and ponder each chapter. Contains helpful and practical information any teacher or parent can use."

Tammy Shifflett, Science Teacher
C.A. Roberts Elementary School, Dallas, GA

"Encourages creativity in the classroom, not just to make the learning fun and interesting, but because real-life skills are what students need the most in order to become productive and successful adults."

John Pieper, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Webster Stanley Elementary School, Oshkosh, WI

"This book does for teachers what it suggests that teachers do for their students—give them the foundation and empower them to find and set their own course."

Patricia Clark, First-Grade Teacher
Gotham Avenue School, Elmont, NY

"An enjoyable read that will touch anyone who is in the field of education."

Randy Cook, Science Teacher
Tri County High School, Howard City, MI

"A guide for new teachers and education majors, as well as a reference for veterans to fall back on when they hit that teaching wall and need a change of perspective and approach."

Scott Braxton, Director of High School Services
Los Angeles Unified School District 7

"An easy-to-comprehend, go-to guide filled with valuable advice especially for grade school and high school teachers. Filled cover to cover with techniques for successful curriculum planning, strategies for creating environments that promote learning, witty classroom stories and quotations, valuable advice for being fair and consistent, and much more, all served up with a dash of humor for spice. Highly recommended."

Library Bookwatch, March 2007

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Preface

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