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Like a Roman gladiator prepared for battle, to which skill and cunning is all that stands between a crowd cheering victory or ultimate defeat, to you, the novice middle school teacher I say, Welcome to the coliseum. Whether you’re an education major in college, student teacher working with a mentor, in your first year of teaching or beyond, this book has a little something for nearly everyone. Teaching middle school can be a challenging, if not stress inducing experience, but it can also be highly rewarding. Unlike many books that focus on theory, “I Teach Middle School & Fear Is Not An Option” is designed to give the novice middle school teacher practical ideas along with suggestions to use for nearly any given day. For example, what to do before school begins; that first day with students, the first week of school and beyond; from PowerPoints to PDFs, parent meetings to classroom management, movies to podcasts, and much more. How should you use this book? Think of it as a hodgepodge—a grab bag, if you will—of ideas and suggestions you can reach in, pull out, and use on nearly any given day. Here's a sample of what you will find in this book: Chapter 1: Preparation, Classroom Budget, My First Classroom, Checking Out Your Room, Flow of Traffic... Chapter 2: The First Day of the First Week, Delusions and Swampland, I’m Your Teacher, Not Your Buddy, That Very First Day, Here They Come... Chapter 3: The Second Day and Beyond, PowerPoints for That First Week, Welcome Back, PowerPoint #1, More PowerPoints to Consider, How to Study, PowerPoint #2... Chapter 4: Classroom Management, You’re Voice, The Teacher’s Stare, Positive Reinforcement, Reflection, Seating, Johnny Bad-boy... Chapter 5: Assessment, Documented Assessments, Principal Pop-in Evaluations, Making a Unit Plan, The Nitty-Gritty of Unit Planning... Chapter 6: Ideas and Suggestions, Routines, Lunch Time, Classroom Mascot, Time Capsule... Chapter 7: The Parent Section, Parent—Teacher Night, Parent Involvement, Log It... Chapter 8: Incorporating Technology, Going Paperless, The Computer, The Computer Lab, Computer Software, Planbook... Chapter 9: Final Thoughts

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