2nd Edition

Your First Year How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher

    156 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    156 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    Learn all the essentials for making your first year of teaching a success! In this bestselling book, renowned educators Todd Whitaker, Madeline Whitaker Good, and Katherine Whitaker offer step-by-step guidance to thriving in your new role, developing classroom management skills, and overcoming the challenges that many beginning teachers face.

    In a practical, reader-friendly style, the Whitakers help you learn how to establish procedures and rules, build relationships, maintain high expectations and consistency, and manage your own emotions in the classroom. They also show how to plan effective lessons and how to work with peers, administrators, and parents to foster collaboration. Each chapter offers specific examples and vignettes from different grade levels.

    This updated edition contains additional guidance on classroom management and dealing with challenging student behavior, two areas that can affect job satisfaction. Importantly, you’ll learn how to make tweaks or hit the "reset" button when something isn’t going as planned. In addition, there is also a special new feature called "Think About…," which helps you reflect on how you will consider topics such as representation and inclusion as they pertain to your classroom. You can use these reflection questions independently or with a mentor or new-teacher colleague.

    New teachers are special and needed, and the practical advice in this book will provide valuable support for your professional and personal journey.

    Section I Before the Students Arrive: Structure, Structure, Structure  1. Setting Up and Organizing Your Classroom  Furniture  Materials  2. Developing Your Procedures  3. Developing Your Rules  4. Lesson Planning and Instruction  Lesson Planning: Down to the Minute  Instruction: Focus on Engagement  But What About Curriculum?  Section II The Students Are Here… Now What?  5. Classroom Management: Prepare Your Mindset  Relationships  High and Clear Expectations  Consistency  Can We Maintain Consistency, But Still Change?6 Revisiting Expectations  7. Managing Your Students  Managing Yourself  When Students Follow the Rules  When Students Don’t Follow the Rules8 Creating Your Management System  Planned Consequence System  Implementing Consequences  Individual Case Study  The "What If" Situations  A Final Note  9. Mid-Flight Corrections  Tweaking: Be Your Own Control Group  The Reset Button  Section III Working with Adults  10. Working with Administrators  Administrative Support  11. Working with Peers  Peer Support  12. Don’t Be Afraid to Repair: Students, Co-Workers, Principal  13. Parents: Friend Not Foe  The Best They Can  Build Relationships Before You Need Relationships  What Do I Say When I Call a Parent?  14. The Empowerers   The Empowerers and Navigating the Waters  Finding Your Empowerer  What About Everyone Else?  15. Be a Sponge  Soaking It Up  Observing Others  Attending Meetings  Getting Observed Yourself  Don’t Be Afraid to Say No  Section IV Reflect, Refine, and Grow  16. It Always Starts with You  Trust Your Gut  17. What’s Next?  You’ll Start Year Two Undefeated  Reflection Guide 


    Todd Whitaker is a leading presenter in the field of education and a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri. He has written over 60 books including the bestseller What Great Teachers Do Differently.

    Madeline Whitaker Good is at the University of Missouri working toward a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She taught elementary and middle school for five years.

    Katherine Whitaker is the Director of Board Development for the Missouri School Boards’ Association. She taught both middle and high school mathematics for ten years in Kansas City, Missouri.