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Don't Gossip in the Teachers' Lounge

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Ethics Chapter 2: School Relationships Chapter 3: Parents Chapter 4: Professionalism Chapter 5: Child Dignity Chapter 6: Classroom Management Chapter 7: Media, Social Media and Computers Chapter 8: Homework Chapter 9: Testing Chapter 10: Positive Learning Environment Chapter 11: Children's Emotional Well-Being

About the Author

Rebecca C. Schmidt has been a teacher and a school counselor for more than 25 years and has published 11 books to help educators, therapists and families. She lives in Mayfield Heights, Ohio with her husband, Craig, and their daughters, Hannah and Lauren.


Don't Gossip in the Teacher's Lounge is a must read for any elementary teacher preparing to enter the field of education. The second edition presents simple, yet elegant guidance on the important themes, topics and issues that every new teacher will experience during the first year on the job. In summary, this book provides both practical guidance and tips that would be valuable information for any educator. -- Patrick Ward, Director of Curriculum This is a beautifully written piece for beginning teachers. It highlights important skills and qualities, beyond teaching for content, that every classroom teacher needs in order to be successful. It's a snapshot of the realities of teaching in today's schools. Adherence to the lessons and suggestions in this book will prepare teachers for the challenges of our profession and equip them with strategies for success. This book also should be used by administrators as a guidepost when recruiting, hiring, and mentoring staff. -- Michael J. Barnes, Assistant Superintendent Don't Gossip is chock-full of practical strategies and advice, not only for new teachers, but for veteran teachers who value continuous reflection on their own practices. Accomplished practitioner and author, Rebecca Schmidt, has captured the essence of a what it means to put students and their families first. Her advice is grounded in years of observation and working in the trenches. Rebecca is the consummate empathetic professional. This book is not a place you visit once in your career but several times throughout a career. -- Keith Kelly, PhD, superintendent

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