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A Flying Start for Beginning Teachers (Yrs 1-4)

Hands-on, practical guide for getting started in the classroom

Translate training into the classroom reality with ease. This series makes specific suggestions for systems, processes and professional behaviour so that you can take practical steps to establish yourself in the first week of term. It also offers seating plans, timetables, games and activities, ideas for written reports and dealing with parents, and photocopiable templates to assist with planning and teaching. With this resource you have the support you need to make your earliest teaching experiences both purposeful and enjoyable.

Ages: 5-8 | Pages: 56 | Code: 0399A | ISBN: 9781877478369

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Fran Connell

Fran Connell is a graduate of Dunedin Teachers' College and in 2001 completed a Bachelor of Education, specialising in literacy, at Massey University. Her teaching career has incorporated many schools and a variety of positions from principal of a small school to literacy leader of an intermediate school. Her recent mentoring of beginning teachers made her aware of the need for a practical, hands-on resource to assist them in making a positive start in their classrooms.

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Michele Gordon

After graduating from Waikato University with a Bachelor of Education, Michele Gordon taught in a number of schools. As her career advanced she became a reading recovery teacher, assistant principal of junior school and then deputy principal of senior school. For the past six years she has been a tutor teacher for beginning teachers, reflecting her real passion for sharing her knowledge and skills with teachers starting out in their careers.


Our teaching philosophy4
Developing your own teaching philosophy4
Key competencies5
How to behave as a teacher7
Acting as a professional7
Cultural awareness8
How to set up a dynamic classroom9
Seating plans9
Classroom display areas10
How to be organised12
Class description12
Class duties15
Toilet procedures15
Methods for getting attention15
Class agreement or treaty16
Positive reinforcement17
Behaviour management19
Weekly allocation of time20
Daily allocation of time21
Setting out students' books21
Types of groups21
Gifted and talented students22
Special needs students23
How to get through the first week24
Week one timetable25
Getting to know each other26
Outside cooperative games26
Starter unit ideas27
Beginning to teach28
Learning intentions28
Success criteria28
Parent help40
Parent conferencing tips41
Students' reports41
Display resources (photocopiable)44
Sentences and parts of speech45
Charts and certificates46
Reading and writing graphic organisers51