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In the ever-changing world of education, beginning teachers need resources to turn to as they face new, daily challenges. In a collection of 22 essays, the book's author shares insights and experiences from her first three years of teaching, using humor, honesty, and compassion to cover diverse topics. The essays can make new teachers feel like they are not alone and allow veteran teachers to reflect on their own journeys. Following a Preface, the collection contains these essays: "The First Year: Knowing Enough for Now"; "The Second Year: Another Look"; "The Third Year: One More Down"; "Memorable First-Year Moments"; "The First Day of School"; "The Most Challenging Students"; "Finding Success--One Student at a Time"; "Heartaches in the Classroom"; "Using Your Fresh Perspective";"A Life Outside Teaching"; "Dealing with Your Students' First Teachers--Parents"; "Playing Can Be Productive"; "Planning Ahead: Avoiding the Grading Pile-Up"; "What a Difference a Year Makes"; "The Strength to Grow"; "Becoming a Mother of Many"; "My Favorite Lesson"; "The Lazy Days of Summer"; "Establishing a Support System"; "Dealing with Administration"; "Getting Involved"; and "A Sense of Relief." (NKA)

Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Personal Narratives, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Experience

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Author: Humphrey, Tina


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