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Making Your First Year a Success A Classroom Survival Guide for Middle and High School Teachers by Robert L. Wyatt, Joyce Elaine White

Making Your First Year a Success A Classroom Survival Guide for Middle and High School Teachers



Making Your First Year a Success A Classroom Survival Guide for Middle and High School Teachers by Robert L. Wyatt, Joyce Elaine White

In this thoroughly revised and updated best-selling handbook, Wyatt and White share what they've learned from more than 50 years of combined teaching experience as well as the insights and advice gathered from the hundreds of teachers they've trained. Making Your First Year a Success: The Secondary Teacher's Survival Guide, Second Edition, presents valuable solutions and strategies for the issues and concerns that have traditionally baffled beginning teachers. Comprehensive yet concise, this updated edition strategically highlights the tools necessary for success and is expressly tailored to secondary teachers. In a style that could originate only from genuine interest and experience, the authors lead new teachers past the obstacles and pitfalls that hold back so many well-intentioned educators.


Blends insights from hundreds of working teachers to create a specific set of tips perfect for educator libraries. -- The Bookwatch, October 2007 A wonderful book for new teachers to get started and for more experienced teachers to reflect on their teaching practices. -- Jane D. Adair, Resource Specialist Provides specific and practical advice, from how to create wonderful lessons to dealing with difficult parents, all geared to the needs of new secondary teachers. I wish I had a similar resource when I started my career in education! -- Catherine Kilfoyle Duffy, English Department Chair Provides tools that give new teachers the confidence to face complex classroom challenges. When teachers have a successful first year, they are more likely to return and continue making a difference for children. -- Catherine H. Payne, Principal

About the Author

Robert L. (Bob) Wyatt III is Professor of Education at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he has taught for the past 13 years. He also taught education courses as a graduate instructor at the University of Oklahoma while completing his doctorate. He taught at the secondary level in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, and at the college level in New Mexico and Texas for 25 years prior to achieving his master's and doctorate degrees. He has led more than 150 workshops and seminars for staff development during the last 15 years. He has twice been named Teacher of Excellence at East Central, an honor that can only be awarded every four years and is usually nominated by students and elected by peer review. He was among the top five teachers contending for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year while teaching secondary school. He has partici-pated in the Oklahoma Commission for Higher Education portfolio review committees for several colleges in Oklahoma as part of their preparation for NCATE reviews. Wyatt is a language arts specialist with a Ph.D. in both the elementary and secondary levels of language arts. He has taught undergraduate courses in methods for language arts, social studies (both elementary and secondary), and natural science (elementary); Clinicals I, II, and III; strategies for effective teaching (elementary and secondary); Portfolios I, II, and III; children's literature; young adult literature; psychology of education; foundations of education; Composition I; and grammar. He teaches graduate courses in modern philoso-phies of education, contemporary issues of education, advanced language arts problems, techniques of research, and public relations for school administra-tors and librarians. Wyatt has two other books published: The History of the Haverstock Tent Show: The Show With a Million Friends, published in 1997 by Southern Illinois University Press, and Making Your First Year a Success: The Secondary Teacher's Survival Guide, coauthored by Dr. Elaine White and pub-lished by Corwin Press in 2002. In addition to his teaching, Wyatt is a selling artist of watercolor and oil paintings. He also has three novels out for publisher review, is a former owner/editor of a weekly newspaper, and is the author/publisher of three books of local history and several journal articles in national, regional, and state journals. He is the president, a director, and an actor at Ada Community Theater, ACT II.

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Publication date

1st February 2007


Robert L. Wyatt, Joyce Elaine White

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SAGE Publications Inc


152 pages


Teaching skills & techniques
Secondary schools



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