Letters To A New Teacher: A Month-to-month Guide To The Year Ahead by Burke, JimLetters To A New Teacher: A Month-to-month Guide To The Year Ahead by Burke, Jim

Letters To A New Teacher: A Month-to-month Guide To The Year Ahead

byBurke, Jim, Joy Krajicek

Paperback | December 19, 2006

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Every new teacher needs a mentor, someone smart, experienced, compassionate, and reliable to give advice, share strategies, and lend a supportive ear. What if every new English teacher could have one the nation's most-recognized master teachers as their mentor?


Now they can.


Letters to a New Teacher is the chance of a professional lifetime, an opportunity to read the letters and emails Jim Burke exchanged with novice teacher Joy Krajicek–letters in which Jim opens his practice, his mind, and his heart to guide Joy through her first year in the classroom. Jim fields the whole gamut of questions–from typical classroom-management matters to challenging instructional situations to sensitive topics like the boundaries of student—teacher relationships. His answers open the classroom experience up for novices to understand how to organize their space and time, how to plan instruction yet maintain flexibility, how to communicate effectively with the two-hundred personalities they encounter each day, and how to maintain professionalism under pressure.

Title:Letters To A New Teacher: A Month-to-month Guide To The Year AheadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.35 inPublished:December 19, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325009236

ISBN - 13:9780325009230


Table of Contents

    Fall Semester

    1. Managing a class of thirty-five.
    2. Creating a teaching unit.

    3. Handling the pressure.
    Interlude 1: A Difficult Student
    4. Challenging all students, and meeting their challenges.
    5. Knowing that you make a difference.

    6. Approaches to teaching writing.
    Interlude 2: Getting Discouraged
    7. Engaging students, and competing for their attention.

    8. Poetry for teachers and students.
    Interlude 3: Substitute Teachers
    9. What works and why?
    10. Different types of teacher personalities.
    11. Professional reading.

    12. Harnessing self-doubt.

    Spring Semester

    13. Learning the most from each semester’s experiences.
    14. Managing your time.

    Interlude 4: Working to Improve.
    15. The teacher’s power.
    Interlude 5: Sexual Abuse
    16. Boundaries.

    17. The teacher’s role during a classroom crisis.
    18. Student suicide.
    19. Teacher/parent relationships.
    Interlude 6: Juggling the Demands of Teaching and Living
    20. Open House.

    Interlude 7: Applying for a New Teaching Job
    Interlude 8: Testing Season
    21. End-of-year challenges and expectations.

    22. Doing it all, especially with a family

    Dear Joy: A Final Letter
    Dear Jim: A Final Letter

    Classroom Management
    Action Planner
    The Four Cs of Academic Success