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The First-Year Teacher
Be Prepared for Your Classroom



November 2014 | 192 pages | Corwin

The survival guide for new teachers—now updated!

Thousands of new teachers have relied on this practical resource, both early in their careers and during later transitions. The First-Year Teacher takes readers through a complete classroom year and is packed with strategies and tips for every part of the journey.

Now in its fourth edition, this best-selling title is newly updated with chapters addressing classroom management, special education, inclusive classrooms, and more. Whether you’re a first-year teacher, career-transitioning into teaching, or starting over in another district, this respected resource will help you

  • Complete a successful job search and prepare for your new position
  • Start the year strong with a 30-day learning plan that addresses instruction, assessment, and classroom management
  • Co-teach in an inclusive classroom¬—particularly valuable for special education teachers
  • Build essential skills in planning, managing time, and partnering with families

Discover how to survive and thrive during year one and beyond.

"The First-Year Teacher makes the perfect gift for every new teacher. It is especially helpful in developing classroom management, which is the most important skill a teacher can have, and it builds confidence just when the new teacher needs it the most.”
—Heide McCleery, Retired Teacher
Parkhill School District

The First-Year Teacher is comprehensive enough to help with everything from applying for a job through wrapping up a successful first year. The easy format used by the authors makes it the go-to book every new and returning teacher must own!”
—Irene Evans, Teacher
Kiptopeke Elementary
 
Preface
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1. Where Do I Start?
I. The Application Process

 
II. Preparing a Resume and a Portfolio

 
III. Preparing for the Interview

 
 
Chapter 2. What Do I Do First?
I. I'm Hired--What's Next?

 
II. Before School Starts

 
III. Preparing for the First Day

 
IV. Survival Advice

 
 
Chapter 3. How Do I Prepare for Co-Teaching?
I. I'm Hired for an Inclusive Classroom--Now What?

 
II. Understanding an Inclusive Classroom

 
 
Chapter 4. How Do I Work With Parents or Guardians?
I. Parent Involvement

 
II. Effective Communication

 
III. Back-to-School Event

 
IV. The Open House

 
V. The Parent-or-Guardian-Teacher Conference

 
VI. More Parent or Guardian Involvement Suggestions

 
 
Chapter 5. How Do I Begin the Year?
I. Teacher as a Manager

 
II. The 30-Day Classroom Management Plan

 
III. Comments From First-Year Teachers

 
 
Chapter 6. How Can I Do It All?
I. Time Management

 
II. Time-Saver Ideas From Teachers

 
III. More Time-Saver Tips

 
 
Chapter 7. How Do I End the Year?
I. Count Down: The Last Month

 
II. End-of-the-Year Management Plan

 
III. Reflecting on the First Year

 
IV. How Do I Prepare for My Second Year?

 
 
References
 
Index

"The First-Year Teacher has been the key to easing the stress of being a new educator. I have been a new teacher, transferred to a new school district, and changed grade levels every year since I have been teaching. Success would not have been possible without Karen Bosch’s book. The First Year Teacher provides teachers with all the tools needed to achieve their utmost as an educator. Teachers can earn the praise of the city, their administration, co-educators, and parents by using the strategies taught in this book. When I am fortunate enough to mentor practicum students and student teachers this is the first resource I give them. If you care about giving superior instruction with optimum organization and preparation this book is a must!"

Heather Waild, First Grade Teacher and President
Chesapeake Reading Council, Chesapeake, VA

"The First-Year Teacher makes the perfect gift for every new teacher. It is well organized and filled with day to day ideas and activities.  It is especially helpful in developing classroom management, which is the most important skill a teacher can have, and it builds confidence just when the new teacher needs it the most.

Heide McCleery, Retired Teacher
Parkhill School District, Kansas City, MO

The First Year Teacher, Fourth Edition provides a practical and comprehensive guide for securing a teaching position and having a rewarding and successful first year.  For new teachers and mentors of new teachers, the book provides the practical ideas and managing structures that too often are not part of teacher education programs, from how to prepare for a successful meet-and-greet or open house to how to organize the classroom for efficient operation.  Bosch and Bosch are to be commended for compiling the wisdom gained from their own as well as other teachers’ experiences and making it so accessible and useable.”

Malcolm Lively, Associate Professor of Education
Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk, VA

"Upon returning to the classroom after a four year break, I found this book to be invaluable! The First-Year Teacher is comprehensive enough to help with everything from applying for a job through wrapping up a successful first year. The easy format used by the authors makes it the go to book every new and returning teacher must own!"

Irene Evans, Teacher
Kiptopeke Elementary, Cape Charles, VA

“Transitioning from being a learner in the classroom to becoming the teacher is a difficult process.  The First-Year Teacher, Fourth Edition has guided me through some of the obstacles that would have impeded my success as a first year teacher.”

Elizabeth Maul, Teacher
Norfolk, VA

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