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The Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide


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Foreword xiii by Stephen G. Barkley About the Author xv Acknowledgments xvii I The Basic Teacher Toolkit 1 Creating a Supportive Learning Environment from Day One 1 The First Day of School 2 Arranging Successful Classrooms 2 Students' Desks 3 Seat Assignments 4 Keeping Desks Clean 5 The Teacher's Desk 5 Basic Classroom Supplies 6 Seventeen Tips for Making Outstanding Bulletin Boards 6 Helping English Language Learners 8 The Room Environment 9 Noisy Classrooms Impede Learning 10 Greeting Your Students 11 Getting to Know Your Students 12 Welcoming New Students 13 The Importance of Relationship Building 14 Resources to Help in Relationship Building 16 Clarifying Expectations 16 Tasks to Accomplish 17 First-Day-of-School Checklist 18 Additional Suggestions 18 Creating an Inviting School Climate 19 2 Nurturing Positive Student Behavior 29 Proactive Classroom Management 30 Establishing Rules 30 Thirty Hot Tips for Managing Classroom Behavior 32 What Do You Want? 36 Positive Reinforcement of Good Behavior 36 The Reward Hierarchy 37 Tips on Using Positive Reinforcement in the Classroom 37 Potential Classroom Rewards 38 Tangible (Physical) Reinforcers 38 Activity Reinforcers 39 Help the Teacher 39 Rental Privileges as Potential Activity Reinforcers 40 Social Reinforcers 40 Recognition 40 Intrinsic (Internal) Reinforcers 41 Creative Self-Expression 41 Positive Referrals: Recognition That Works 41 Helpful Resources 42 Cell Phones and Text Messaging in Class 42 Corporal Punishment 44 The Case Against Corporal Punishment 45 Additional Information on Corporal Punishment 46 Time-outs 46 Dos of Using Time-outs 46 Don'ts of Using Time-outs 47 Bullying in Schools 48 Why Students Bully 48 Successful Interventions 48 "Fight, Fight!": Intervention Strategies 49 Motivating the Unmotivated 50 The Teacher as a Skilled Helper 51 What Good Listening Is Not 52 Reflection of Feelings 53 Twenty-three More Tips for Becoming a Better Listener 54 3 Time Management and Organizational Strategies 73 The Erosion of School Time 74 The School Calendar 74 Instructional Time 75 Teacher Time-on-Task 76 The Pace of Instruction 77 Student Time-on-Task 77 Conclusion 79 References 79 Prisoners of Time 80 Block Scheduling 80 Advantages of Block Scheduling 81 Disadvantages of Block Scheduling 82 For More Information 83 Eleven Tips for Minimizing Classroom Interruptions 83 Teacher Time Robbers 84 Full-Time Teachers' Workweek 85 Classroom Routines 85 Taking Attendance or Lunch Count 87 Distributing and Collecting Materials 88 Regaining Students' Attention 89 Seeking Permission to Leave the Room 90 Seeking Help 91 Students' Tools 92 Assignments and Homework 92 Storage Solutions 93 The Challenge of Paperwork 93 Causes of the Paper Deluge 94 Thirty-four Tips for Handling Paperwork 95 Communications 98 Teacher Time Log 99 To-Do List 100 Assessing Student Time-on-Task 101 Conquer Procrastination Now! 102 Procrastination Payoffs 104 Attacking Procrastination 106 Tips on Getting Organized 107 Know What You Want 107 Plan for Success 107 Discover Your Prime Time 107 Keep a Personal Calendar 108 Lead a Balanced Life 108 Finding Time for a Really Important Task 110 Been to a Good Meeting Lately? 110 Look for Alternatives to a Meeting 111 Have an Agenda 111 Begin on Time 111 Include Only Necessary People 112 Select a Conducive Environment 112 Keep the Meeting on Task 113 Record Progress 114 End on Time 114 Student Help 114 II Essentials for Effective Teaching and Learning 4 Creating Successful Lessons 133 Planning Effective Lessons 134 Beginning a Class 136 Action Verbs for Writing Instructional Objectives 138 Learner-Centered Lessons 140 For More Information 141 Planning Units of Instruction 141 For More Information 141 Thirty-eight Hot Tips for Maintaining Interest 142 Seven Cardinal Rules for Effective Visuals 147 Additional Tips for Using Overhead Transparencies 148 Storyboarding 148 For More Information 149 Internet Resources 149 Review Techniques 150 Mind Maps 150 For More Information 151 Mind Mapping Software 151 Nineteen Tips for Closing a Lesson 151 Differentiating Instruction 154 Multiple Intelligences 154 Emotional Intelligence 157 Preferred Learning Modalities 160 Teaching to Students' Strengths: Homework That Helps 161 Interesting Homework 163 Making Assignments 165 The Internet and Homework 166 Collecting and Grading Homework 166 Handling Makeup Work 166 Putting More Pizzazz in Your Presentations 168 Voice 168 Nonverbal Communication 169 Improving Your Speaking Effectiveness 170 Humor in the Classroom 171 Tips on Using Humor in Your Classroom 171 For More Information 173 Seeking Student Feedback 174 Guidelines for Fair Use of Copyrighted Educational Materials 175 Public Domain 176 Seeking Permission to Use Copyrighted Material 176 Protecting Your Creative Works 177 5 Interactive Teaching and Learning Strategies 183 Question and Answer 184 Twenty-two Hot Tips for Asking Effective Questions 185 Inquiry Learning 187 For More Information 188 Brainstorming 188 Creativity Crunchers 190 Brainwriting 192 List Making 192 Class Discussions 193 Fishbowls 194 Artwork 195 Music 196 Guided Imagery 197 Journal Keeping 198 Field Trips 200 Ideas for Potential Field Trips 202 Field Trip Sypply List 203 Field Trip Follow-up Activities 204 Virtual Field Trips 204 Guest Speakers and Panels 205 Debates 208 For More Information 209 Videos and DVDs 209 Podcasts 211 For More Information 212 Internet Resources 212 Blogs 212 Interactive Technology in the Classroom 214 For More Information 214 Video Recording 214 For More Information 216 Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations 217 Free PowerPoint Lessons 217 Sources for Free Images and Sounds 217 Dyadic Encounters 218 Demonstrations 219 Board Work and Whiteboards 219 Action Research 220 Interviews 221 Construction 222 Card Sorts 222 Surveys and Questionnaires 223 Oral Presentations 223 Role Playing 224 Dramatization 227 Games and Simulations 228 Helpful Resources 230 Cooperative Learning 231 For More Information 233 6 Assessment and Testing Tools 241 Assessing Student Performance 242 Formative versus Summative Assessment 242 Monitoring Student Progress 243 Variability in Assessment 244 Grading Student Performance 245 Twenty Tips for Making Grading as Painless as Possible 246 Tests and Quizzes 247 Grade Contracts 249 The Multiple-Option Grade Contract 249 Authentic Assessments 251 Portfolio Assessments 252 Performance Assessments 254 Self-Assessment 254 Designing Rubrics 255 Sample Generic Rubric 255 Thirty Alternative Assessments 256 For More Information 256 Interpreting Standardized Test Scores 257 High-Stakes Testing 258 Arguments for High-Stakes Testing 259 Arguments Against High-Stakes Testing 260 For More Information 260 III Striving for Excellence 7 Building a Learning Community 269 Twenty-four Hot Tips for Working with Other Teachers 270 Working with a Mentor 272 Telementoring 274 For More Information 274 Guidelines for Collaborative Teams 274 Suggestions for Effective Action Planning Teams 277 Helpful Resources 278 Working with Your Principal 278 Improving Parent-Teacher Relations 280 Parent or Guardian Conferences 282 The Successful Open House 285 Tips for Helping Substitute Teachers 286 Working with Support Staff 288 Working with Volunteers and Aides 289 8 Staying on Top of Your Game 297 Twenty-two Tips for Becoming an Effective Teacher 298 Suggested Reading on Effective Teaching 300 Teacher Expectations Revisited 301 For More Information 301 Are You an Effective Teacher? 302 Twenty-seven Mistakes Teachers Commonly Make 305 Thirty-two Strategies for Nurturing Peak Performance in Others 305 Effective Schools 307 For More Information 308 Indicators of Quality 308 National Teaching Standards 310 Professional Development 312 National Board Certification 316 Educational Research 317 The Scientific Method 318 Types of Research 318 Common Flaws in Research Articles 319 The Importance of Statistics 321 Basic Research and Statistics Glossary 321 For More Information 322 Learning What Works: Action Research 325 For More Information 326 Professional Organizations 326 Education Journals 330 General Education Periodicals 330 Research Journals 331 Subject Specialty Journals 331 Online Education Journals 332 Stress and Burnout in the Classroom 333 Stress Management in the Classroom 334 For More Information 336 Stress Busters and Sanity Savers 336 Famous Americans Who Also Taught School 341 Ten Inspirational Teacher Movies 342 9 Helpful Resources for Teachers 347 Scrounging for Supplies 348 Potential Sources for Teaching Supplies 349 Suppliers of Instructional Materials 350 Sources of Rubber Stamps 353 The Internet as a Learning Resource 353 E-mail 355 Electronic Discussion Groups 356 Some Popular Online Education Discussion Groups 357 Online Resources for Beginning Teachers 357 Online Lesson Plan Archives 358 Online Collaborative Learning Resources 360 Educational Search Engines 360 Useful Online Databases 361 Online Directories 363 Helpful Books on Using the Internet in the Classroom 363 Organizations Supporting Educational Use of the Internet 363 Computer Software for Improving Teacher Productivity 364

About the Author

THE AUTHOR RONALD L. PARTIN, PH.D., has more than thirty years of experience in the education field. A former classroom teacher and coach, Partin currently works as a consultant and researcher for Performance Learning Systems.

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