Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn't Learn in College)
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Not your typical how-to manual for new teachers, this no-nonsense, jargon-free guide offers a wide variety of tools and tactics for getting through every school day with grace and sanity. Covered in glue, glitter, orange juice—or worse? Make a quick change into the spare set of clothes you keep on hand for just this purpose. Butterflies in your stomach before your first-ever Meet the Teacher Night? Keep your cool by writing the agenda on your board—it’ll double as a crib sheet for you.
These tips and hundreds more, covering virtually every aspect of teaching, have all been learned the hard way: from real-life classroom experience. Otis Kriegel’s “little black book” will be a treasured resource for teachers who want not only to survive but to thrive in any situation.
Praise for Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know
“Good advice for novice and veteran teachers alike. Whether readers take in the guide from cover to cover or dip in as needed (which will be often), they will leave with a greater sense of confidence.”—Foreword Reviews
“The tone of the book is warm and inviting, and the reader often feels like he or she is just having a conversation with a veteran teacher over coffee. Particularly helpful are the sections in which Kriegel explains how he has reflected on and made changes to his teaching . . . These narratives model for new teachers the kind of deep thinking about practice that teachers should be constantly engaging in . . . This text would certainly be of value to any new elementary school teacher, and it would make a fitting graduation gift for any about to begin their teaching career.”—Teachers College Record, Columbia University
“Otis Kriegel is the teacher every parent wants their child to have. For those who care about improving the quality of our schools you simply have to hope that elementary teachers and parents will buy and read this book.”—Bob Kerrey, president emeritus, The New School
“Otis Kriegel is the hurricane of fresh air that elementary teacher education needs today.”—Joseph Patrick Rafter, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University
“When I first started teaching, I didn’t even know what I didn’t know. I was taking attendance by calling out kids’ names, I didn’t use a seating chart, and I couldn’t figure out why it felt like my students were running the class. How I wish I’d had Otis Kriegel’s book back then! This is an indispensable guide for any teacher, whether they’re just starting out or looking for straight-up, sensible advice on how to improve their classroom and their practice.”—Dan Moulthrop, journalist, former teacher, and coauthor with Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari of Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers
“This book is a treasure trove of ‘for real’ tasty tidbits of advice. Kriegel writes well enough to read it through like a novel, but there is so much useful information I have placed it in a handy location, so when a question comes up or a school routine looms ominously in the near future, I can go to the table of contents and use the book like a good old-fashioned Farmers’ Almanac.”—Jon Snyder, dean of the college and chief academic officer, Bank Street College of Education
“A delightful book, chock-full of practical advice for new teachers. Where else will you learn to keep a change of clothes handy (in case a child pees on you) or to tell a parent volunteer that the snacks are for the CHILDREN (and that she shouldn’t eat them all herself)?”—Clara Hemphill, founding editor of InsideSchools.org and author of New York City’s Best Public Elementary Schools
“In these pages teachers will find ways to mend the disconnect they commonly feel between their reasons for choosing teaching and the fears about struggles in the early part of their careers. Covering crucial territory that is often overlooked in certification programs, without ever being rigidly prescriptive, Kriegel guides the reader with humor, care, and incisive intelligence. It’s a book to devour from cover to cover, and to return to often.”—Andra Miletta, assistant professor, Mercy College
“Drawing upon his own years of teaching and reflections on what it means to teach well, Kriegel offers readers a practical, personable road map for how they can become better teachers.”—Brad Olsen, associate professor of education, University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Teaching What They Learn, Learning What They Live: How Teachers’ Personal Histories Shape Their Professional Development
“A terrific guide filled with excellent tips and suggestions for new teachers.”—Steve Reifman, National Board Certified Teacher and author of Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K–8
“More than a job, teaching is a way of life. More than a book, this volume is a companion along the way. Lighthearted and appreciative, Otis Kriegel’s book recognizes the challenges and joys of this endlessly complex, challenging, and rewarding profession. It offers insight and encouragement to beginning teachers—and contains more than a few tips on survival! You’ll want to meet Otis for a cup of coffee at the end of the school day.”—Susan Crosby, National Board Certified Teacher
“Finally, a practical survival guide for first-year teachers that provides the blueprint for what you need to do—and how—to be an effective teacher. Every teacher beginning their career should have this book.”—Andrea Franks, 25-year veteran 4th- and 5th-grade teacher, New York City
“The section on ‘Your Students’ Families’ is a must-read for all parents. It contains information on how you, as a parent, can build a better relationship with your child’s teacher so that your child’s school experience is enhanced. While the chapters are presented from a teacher’s perspective, they clearly show how parents can help in nurturing an effective teacher. In fact, I recommend the entire book to parents in hopes that they will have a better understanding of what it takes to be a teacher!”—Shino Tanikawa, member, Community Education Council District 2, New York, NY
“Teaching is not easy, especially those first few years. This book aids you through those moments when you wonder why on earth you have decided to be a teacher and helps ground you in the normalcy of chaos that is being a first-year teacher. Otis’s advice is practical, his experience is real, and the lessons are incredibly valuable. Even an old teacher like me can still learn a thing or two!”—Fran Snowise, 10-year veteran K–8 teacher
“In a straightforward, friendly tone, Kriegel details all the things a teacher needs to know to keep those plates spinning . . . This book is one to keep on the resource shelf for new teachers, mentor teachers, as well as experienced teachers looking for new solutions for common classroom issues.”—TeacherWriter.net
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