1st Edition

Surviving Your First Years in the Classroom
Twelve Brutally Honest Tips for Elementary Teachers

ISBN 9780367634650
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
140 Pages

USD $24.95

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Book Description

Survive your first years as a teacher with the no-nonsense tips and stories in this book. Learn how to choose respect over being liked, content over cute, grace over grades, and planning over Pinterest. Also find out how to avoid the teacher’s lounge mentality and surround yourself with positive influences. The author’s honest tone and humor throughout will leave you feeling inspired and ready to tackle the challenges that can come your way, so you can stay happy in your role and remember why you chose a career in education.

Bonus: The book features a variety of worksheets you can use immediately, on lesson planning, student behavior and motivation, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Planning Over Pinterest  2. Respect Is Greater Than Being Liked  3. Content Over Cute  4. Destroy the Small-Group "Scaries"  5. Stay Out of the Teacher’s Lounge (Mentality)  6. You Are Who You Plan With  7. Grace Over Grades  8. You Are More Than Your Classroom  9. We Have to Be the Game-Changers  10. Embrace Our YOUnique Selves  11. Never Stop Learning  12. Yes, It Is That Hard

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Jordan McKinney is a second grade teacher in Pensacola, Florida. She has worked as a math intervention specialist, fourth grade teacher, and first grade teacher. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2019. Follow her on Instagram at @sunshinestateteacher.