1st Edition

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

By Sean Ruday Copyright 2018
    168 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    168 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    168 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    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

    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.