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From Lesson Plans to Power Struggles, Grades 6–12
Classroom Management Strategies for New Teachers



August 2009 | 232 pages | Corwin
"As a novice teacher craving more and more knowledge about the elaborate and multifaceted world of teaching, I couldn't wait to delve into the stories and techniques Zuckerman highlighted from other novice teachers. I found comfort in the fact that many of my teaching experiences were the same as other novice teachers. Zuckerman's ability to provide exceptional techniques from lesson planning to discipline issues and overall effective classroom management strategies is by far the most useful information any novice teacher could ask for."
—Lecia Zulak, Science Teacher
Franklin Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, NY

"An excellent resource for beginning and veteran secondary teachers, offering strategies that work to meet the challenges they encounter daily. I am recommending this book to my staff for reflection on how they address difficult situations and implement positive change."
—Joseph J. Mazzetti, Assistant Principal
Poughkeepsie High School, NY

Straight talk about classroom management from new teachers who have developed solutions!

Nearly half of beginning secondary school teachers leave teaching within three years and many cite frustration over classroom management problems as the major issue. This practical book illustrates how new teachers can benefit from the experiences of their peers to successfully resolve common classroom challenges.

Filling the gap between what is taught in teacher preparation programs and what actually happens in the classroom, the author presents authentic stories from novice secondary school teachers in urban, suburban, and rural districts with diverse students. Each chapter contains instructional and disciplinary cases, plus the author's expert analysis of each teacher's successful strategies. This reference guide includes:

  • A table of contents with specific instructional/discipline topics
  • Ways to identify when problems are related to lesson delivery or discipline
  • A glossary of terms and a resource list for detailed information

Like a personal mentor, this invaluable resource gives new teachers the critical support for creating positive learning environments and developing thriving careers.


 
Foreword by Jean Lythcott, Phd
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Part I. Lesson Execution Problems
 
1. The Advantage of a Well-Planned, Activity-Based Lesson
 
2. When Your Lesson Plan Is Inadequate
 
3. When Your Lesson Is Boring
 
4. When Your Directions Generate Frustration
 
5. When the Activities You?ve Planned Don?t Fill the Allotted Time
 
6. Getting the Class Settled for the Start of the Lesson
 
7. When You Have a Persistently Noisy Class
 
8. When Your Normally Attentive Class Is Noisy
 
9. When the Class Misuses Instructional Materials
 
10. When Students Don?t Do Their Homework
 
11. When There?s a Threat to Student Safety
 
12. When There?s a Mishap
 
13. When a Tragic Event Affects the School Community
 
Part II. Discipline Problems
 
14. When a Good Student Violates a Minor Rule
 
15. When You Have a Class Clown
 
16. When Students Are Your Buddies
 
17. When You Have a Student Who Talks a Lot
 
18. When a Group Misbehaves (Or Is Likely to Misbehave)
 
19. When a Student Is Outspoken
 
20. When a Student Does Little or No Schoolwork
 
21. When a Student Seems Troubled
 
22. When Students Bully
 
23. When Students Cheat
 
24. When Students Fight
 
25. When You Find Yourself in a Power Struggle
 
26. When Your Student Has a Tantrum
 
27. When a Student Persistently Seeks Attention
 
28. When a Student Provokes the Class?s Animosity
 
29. When an Administrative Intervention Is Necessary
 
Conclusion: Becoming an Effective Classroom Manager
 
References
 
Glossary and Index of Technical Terms
 
Alphabetical Index of Practical Principles
 
Topical Index of Practical Principles
 
Index of Supplementary Concepts
 
General Index

“An excellent resource for beginning and veteran secondary teachers, offering strategies that work to meet the challenges they encounter daily. I am recommending this book to my staff for reflection on how they address difficult situations and implement positive change.”

Joseph J. Mazzetti, Assistant Principal
Poughkeepsie High School, NY

“A much-needed how-to guide for beginning teachers. This book gives beginning teachers a heads up on the real-life management issues that envelope the art and science of effective instruction.”

Elisabeth Hess Rice, Assistant Professor
The George Washington University

“How I wish I had this book when I began my teaching career 45 years ago! I found in each story another ‘aha’ of recognition. While the author claims the book to be simply a practical, concise classroom management guide for novice teachers, she delivers so much more, providing the grist to enhance her readers’ confidence as well as their competence and preparing them for interpersonal challenges well beyond the classroom. Helping novice teachers triumph over their insecurities and fears, Zuckerman provides the windows for them to understand themselves so they can better nurture their students. In effect, her book inducts all teachers, whether novice or experienced, into the art of teaching, pointing the way for them to bestow upon their students the priceless gift of a love of learning.”

Bonnie M. Kaye, School Psychologist
Westwood Regional Schools, Washington Township, NJ

“As a novice teacher craving more and more knowledge about the elaborate and multifaceted world of teaching, I couldn’t wait to delve into the stories and techniques Zuckerman highlighted from other novice teachers. I found comfort in the fact that many of my teaching experiences were the same as other novice teachers. Zuckerman’s ability to provide exceptional techniques from lesson planning to discipline issues and overall effective classroom management strategies is by far the most useful information any novice teacher could ask for.”

Lecia Zulak, Science Teacher
Franklin Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park, NY

“Provides practical, helpful information for novice teachers. Emphasizes the importance of activity-based lesson plans that influence effective classroom discipline.”

Nicholas J. Steenstra, Retired Principal
Parsippany Troy-Hills Township Schools, NJ

"Prepares the novice teacher for success in classroom management with a guide that exposes the real nature of disruptive events, along with clearly stated solutions."

William D. Schraer, Retired Supervisor for Science Instruction
Middletown City Schools, NY

Great for my methods course! Easy to read and generate discussion groups.

Mrs Elyse Joy
Education, Marist College
June 20, 2011
Key features
  • Examples are based on the author's many years of experience as a classroom teacher and teacher educator
  • Allows teachers to share their own stories, so the examples are both realistic and meaningful
  • Fills the void between what is taught in school and what actually happens in the classroom, which many teachers experience when first starting out
  • Includes a glossary of technical terms and a resource list for further information on specific topics

Sample Materials & Chapters

Zuckerman_From Lesson Plans_Preface

Zuckerman_From Lesson Plans_Chapter 1


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