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: www.routledge.com/9781138495708.
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
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 seanruday.weebly.com. You can follow him on Twitter @SeanRuday. This is his eighth book with Routledge Eye on Education.