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The First-Year English Teacher's Guidebook
Strategies for Success

ISBN 9781138495708
Published April 30, 2018 by Routledge
168 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The First-Year English Teacher’s Guidebook offers practical advice and recommendations to help new English teachers thrive in the classroom. Each chapter introduces a concept crucial to a successful first year of teaching English and discusses how to incorporate that concept into your daily classroom practice. You’ll find out how to:

    • Clearly communicate instructional goals with students, parents, and colleagues;
    • Incorporate students' out-of-school interests into the curriculum;
    • Use assignment-specific rubrics to respond to student writing in meaningful ways;
    • Integrate technology into ELA instruction;
    • Conduct student-centered writing conferences;
    • Make time for self-care and self-improvement;
    • and much, much more.

Additionally, the guidebook provides a number of forms, templates, graphic organizers, and writing prompts that will enable you to put the author’s advice into immediate action. These tools are available for download on the book’s product page:

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Meet the Author



Introduction What Do New English Teachers Need?

Section One: Instructional Strategies

Chapter One Clearly Communicate Instructional Goals

Chapter Two Incorporate Students’ Out-of-School Lives

Chapter Three Understand the Connection Between Instructional Procedures and Student Behavior

Chapter Four Integrate Technology Purposefully

Section Two: Assessment Strategies

Chapter Five Use Assignment-Specific Rubrics

Chapter Six Respond to Student Writing in Meaningful and Useful Ways

Chapter Seven Conduct Student-Centered Writing Conferences

Chapter Eight Utilize Exit Questions

Section Three: Work-Life Balance Strategies

Chapter Nine Communicate Actively and Carefully with Students and Families

Chapter Ten Work Effectively with Mentors

Chapter Eleven Make Time for Self-Care

Section Four: Resources

Chapter Twelve Key Takeaway Ideas


Appendix A Forms, Templates, and Graphic Organizers

Appendix B A Guide for Book Studies

Appendix C Recommendations for Mastering ELA Content Knowledge




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Sean Ruday is an Associate Professor of English Education at Longwood University. He began his teaching career at a public school in Brooklyn, NY, and has taught English and language arts in New York, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Sean is a Co-President of the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar—a grammar-focused affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Literacy Innovation and the editor of the Virginia English Journal. Some publications in which his articles have appeared are Journal of Teaching Writing, Journal of Language and Literacy Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and the Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association. His professional website is You can follow him on Twitter @SeanRuday. This is his eighth book with Routledge Eye on Education.