About the Authors
Part I. Tips for New and Student Teachers
1. Odds and Ends for Beginners
Your Students Didn't Sleep Last Night Either!
Flexible Personal Expectations
Everyone Else's Plans Are Better
Part II. Beginning a Winning Year
2. They're Not Here Yet
Don't Be Caught Unprepared or Late
Friendly, But Not Buddies
First Name Versus Surname
3. They're Here
Don't Seat by Height or Gender
Record Keeping Questionnaire
What Is Your Favorite Subject?
Tangible Class Guidelines and Rules
Let Students Set Rules and Consequences
Greet Students at the Door
End the First Day on an Up Note
4. They're Gone and You Survived!
Part III. Helping Students Be Responsible
5. Establishing Routines
The Standardized Notebook
When to Give Out Worksheets
6. Have Them Come (and Stay) Prepared
You Are Not the Supply Store
7. Homework Strategies
The Importance of Homework
Homework Penalty (With Room for Redemption)
8. Bathroom Breaks
?Can You Wait a Minute? ?
9. Empowering Students
One Is a Rat?Ten Is Power
The "Many Kids Told Me" Fib
"Class"?The Collective Noun
Independent Reading, With Twinkies!
Did They Learn What You Taught?
Student Revenge: Your Personal Evaluation
"Help, I'm Being Observed!"
10. Setting Consequences
Every Act Has a Consequence
11. Preventing Showdowns
Everything Is Embarrassing
The Biggest No-No: "Only Kidding"
No Spur-of-the-Moment Rules
Set Up Winning Situations
Don't Force Students to Lie
Make Rules Specific: Narrow Them Down
12. Alternatives to Yelling
Hurry, Shut Out the Lights!
13. Knowing Your Audience
Negative Attention Seekers
Good Kids Can Do Bad Things
Hold Students to Different Standards
"Can We Really Be Anything We Want?"
A Secret Is a Secret, Unless...
Permissive Versus Overly Permissive
What Language Is Spoken at Home?
Confusing Neatness With Responsibility
Describe a Fight to a Potential Pugilist
Part IV. Showing You're on the Same Team
14. Communicating Like a Pro
Interchange Gender Pronouns
Make Limits Total Rather Than Partial
Describe What You See (or Don?t See)
Pick a Rule and Stick to It
Stay Simple: One Word or Sentence Will Do
Would You Talk to an Adult That Way?
Don't Mix Criticism With Praise
Forced Apologies Not Accepted
What Would Another Teacher Tell Me?
15. Being Fair
Admit When You Don't Know Something
"This Hurts Me More Than It Hurts You"
Gauge the Amount of Homework
16. Bonding Strategies
Being Vulnerable: Share a Giggle
Relating Your Own Experiences
Those Special Few Minutes
Read Aloud to Your Students
Decorating Your Room?Again
Thank Them for the Joy They Bring
When All Else Fails, Buy Pizza
Part V. Building Confidence Through Earned Praise
17. Self-Esteem Strategies
Praise, Praise, Praise?But Don't Overpraise
Enthusiastic Credit When Credit Is Due
Call Home for the "Average" Student
"I Knew You Could Do It" (and More)
Wonderful Comments on Paper
"I Got a 97%! What Did You Get?"
Part VI. Safety
18. Personal, Physical, and Professional Safety
Never Release a Student to a Stranger
Never Throw a Student Out of Your Room
Your School's Emergency Plan
You Are Neither a Pharmacist nor a Doctor
Do Not Drive Your Students in Your Car
Trust Your Gut Feelings and Follow Instincts
Part VII. Using Your Support System
19. Working With Parents
Send Home an Introduction
Students at Parent Conferences?
Parent/Teacher Conference Management
Children as Dream Fulfillers
Parents Knowing More Than You
Beware of the Answering Machine
20. Working With the School Support Team
Cover Your Back?When to Consult Your School Counselor or Psychologist
Cooperative Teacher Input
Other Teachers? Successes
Confronting Other Teachers
No Gossiping About Your Students
Helping Substitute Teachers
Preparing Your Students for Your Absence
Evaluating Substitute Teachers
Partnerships With Local Shops, Libraries, and Bookstores
Getting Along With the "Boss"
The Really Important People
Part VIII. Parting Shots
21. See You Next Year!
Is Teaching What You Really Want to Do?
Only a Few More Months 'til Summer Vacation