Features and Benefits

HALLMARK FEATURES

  • handbook-style approach that features many hands-on activities, classroom-tested and classroom-ready suggestions and sample tasks.
  • practical, organized, and easy-to-follow user-friendly format with numerous subheadings and bullet points.
  • clear and concise writing style.
  • Useful figures and templates (e.g., letters, forms, checklists, charts, reports, activities for student and teachers) that provide visual examples and demonstrate theory in practice.
  • Professional reference and weblinks throughout to encourage further reading, reflecting, and understanding

ORGANIZATION

Part 1:

  • Includes a new focus on self-regulation, mental health and wellness, with an emphasis on providing practical strategies and resources for helping teachers deal with anxiety in their students’ lives.  This includes ideas about yoga, meditation, stress, and happiness (Chapter 1.1)
  • Emphasizes strategies to be proactive in creating an inclusive classroom atmosphere as a way of instilling respect, cooperation, and valuing each learner’s contributions and diverse backgrounds (Chapter 1.1)
  • Reinforces knowing your learners, and provides practical strategies for working with English Language Learners, students of differing backgrounds and religions, Aboriginal or Indigenous Peoples, and students with special needs (Chapter 1.1)
  • Provides strategies and resources for working with students who might be struggling with gender identity or transgender issues (Chapter 1.1)
  • Addresses bullying andcyberbullying and how to deal with this as an educator (Chapters 1.1 and 1.2)
  • Provides many practical strategies for a responsive approach to behaviours (Chapter 1.2)
  • Includes practical and visual ideas about the design and organization of the classroom environment as an instructional strategy that plays a major role in the learning that occurs in the classroom (Chapter 1.3)
  • Features important information on how to ensure clear and consistent communication with parents (Chapter 1.4)

Part 2:

  • Emphasizes planning an engaging, dynamic, and inclusive classroom program that highlights the delivery of engaging and thought-provoking learning experiences (Chapter 2.1)
  • Includes ideas about how to teach a combined grade, often a reality in today’s classrooms (Chapter 2.1)
  • includes a variety of options to assist in addressing many timetabling issues (Chapter 2.2)
  • Offers ideas on designing effective learning stations, providing examples of small group differentiated learning (Chapter 2.3)
  • Reinforces the importance of out-of-classroom excursions and practical strategies to explore the wider community (Chapter 2.4)
  • Highlights the specific role of technology in today’s classrooms including the use of current social networking opportunities ( Chapter 2.5)
  • Shares how to actively engage the parent population as active partners and volunteers (Chapter 2.6)
  • Examines the different types of homework and how to involve parents as active participants in their children’s learning (Chapter 2.6)

Part 3:

  • Provides a clear understanding of assessment in a differentiated classroom (Chapter 3.1)
  • Highlights the use of evaluation in determining student achievement, and preparing report cards with a continued focus on reflective practice and accountability (Chapter 3.2)
  • Shares how parents can be partners in the evaluation and reporting process, including  student-led conferences (Chapter 3.3)

Part 4:

  • Reinforces current views on literacy and language learning and introduces ideas for creating a balanced and effective student-centred literacy program (Chapters 4.1 to 4.5)
  • Illustrates how to build a language-rich environment (Chapter 4.1)
  • Explores oral communication (Chapter 4.2), the reading process and program (Chapter 4.3), the writing process and program (Chapter 4.4), and the importance of media studies (Chapter 4.5)
  • Shares ideas about how to involve parents as partners in literacy learning (Chapters 4.3 and 4.4)
Part 5:
  • Offers valuable insights into securing that first teaching or leadership position, providing beneficial strategies for the employment process, including how to use career portfolios and e-portfolios (Chapter 5.1)
  • Presents tips and strategies to have a dynamic interview – on the “hotseat” (Chapter 5.2)
  • Includes ideas for what to dowhen landing a teaching positio(Chapter 5.3)
  • Explores specific strategies for the role of the occasional teacher (Chapter 5.4)
  • Looks at a teaching career as a continuous ongoing professional growth proces(Chapter 5.5)
* For the purposes of this publication the word “parents” is meant to represent parents, guardians, and other essential caregivers.