What Teachers Should Know But Textbooks Don't Show
- Stella Erbes - Pepperdine University, USA
Student Teaching/Field Experience
"I was once a brand new teacher and I know that nothing can be as frustrating to a young educator as the first year of teaching. Erbes helps guide new teachers through what may be their toughest year."
—Janice Hahn, City Councilwoman Los Angeles, CA
"The author reminds us that teaching is about more than skills and strategies; it is about relationships and passion."
—Marilyn Green, Director of Grants, Assessment, and Special Projects
Moorpark Unified School District, CA
"This resource offers practical advice—not just theory—on how to succeed in the crucial first year of teaching."
—Erin Powers, Literacy and Leadership Partner
University of California, Los Angeles
Life lessons for surviving and thriving in the classroom!
Even with student teaching experience and education courses under their belts, most new teachers are unprepared for their first year in the classroom. Filled with practical insider information, this resource bridges the gap between instructional theory and practice.
This clear, concise, and reader-friendly text combines research, the author's personal experiences, and valuable insights from veteran educators to help new teachers:
- Create a positive learning environment
- Address classroom management issues while retaining their personal style
- Connect with students
- Collaborate with parents and families
- Handle personal and professional challenges
This book is ideal for novice and prospective teachers as well as for mentor programs and parenting classes.
"Useful and motivational, practical and inspiring. Erbes not only provides teachers with valuable suggestions to make their lives easier and improve their craft, but also speaks to the heart of the matter. She reminds us that teaching is about more than skills and strategies; it is about relationships and passion."
"This book answers the practical question of how to be an effective teacher while retaining the heart and soul, which are essential to becoming a successful educator. Erbes shares her personal expertise with honesty and clarity to inspire new teachers to create active learning environments where both the teacher and the students can thrive."
"I was a brand new teacher right after college and I know that nothing can be as frustrating and disheartening to a young educator as the first year of teaching. Erbes uses her own journey and the experiences of others to help guide new teachers through what may be their toughest year. This book offers encouragement to help new teachers maintain their enthusiasm for teaching—the world's greatest profession."
"Erbes offers practical advice—not just theory—on how to succeed in the crucial first years of teaching. This book is filled with ideas on how to optimize teaching time and maximize student learning. By applying these guidelines, developing educators will have a better chance of being organized, thoughtful, and effective."
"Blends research with tips on the most challenging moments new teachers face in their classrooms, showing how to create a positive learning environment, handle students and families alike, and meet professional objectives. New teachers in particular will find it a clear, concise indicator of common problems and their solutions."
Sample Materials & Chapters
Part I: Planning and Preparing to Teach & Chapter 1: Making Positive First Impre