50 Ways to Be a Better Teacher: Professional Development Techniques

Wayzgoose Press
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Whether you’re just starting out, a mid-career teacher, or a seasoned veteran of the classroom, you can find ways to make your teaching more effective and require less effort. 50 Ways to Be a Better Teacher offers humanistic advice to nurture the teacher’s soul while improving your professional performance.

The examples are drawn from the author’s experience teaching English as a Second Language, but the advice is applicable to anyone in the classroom.

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About the author

 Chris Mares is a teacher, teacher trainer, and writer. He currently directs the Intensive English Institute at the University of Maine in the USA. He is an avid writer, reader, cook, and outdoorsman who likes nothing better than a long walk in the woods of Maine with his dog. He has lived and worked in England, Japan, France, and Israel.

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Wayzgoose Press
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Mar 6, 2016
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Education / Teacher & Student Mentoring
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts
Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language
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Want to know a secret? Regardless of what classroom challenges, standards or initiatives you’re faced with from year to year, there are seven keys to great teaching that never change—and that are often overlooked! In this bestselling book, internationally-acclaimed authors Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker reveal the seven simple secrets of effective teaching that can be applied in any classroom. Whether you’re a new or experienced teacher, you’ll gain valuable insights on improving instruction, classroom management, discipline, student motivation, and much, much more! This updated Second Edition contains timely topics such as incorporating technology to enhance your lessons and using social media appropriately.?

Special Features:

Easy-to-use format:

The book is divided into seven secrets shared by highly effective teachers. Each secret is then divided into seven parts filled with practical information on why the secret matters and how to implement it effectively.?

Reflection questions:

At the end of each section, there are seven questions to help you determine whether you have mastered each secret.

Bonus lists

: This special new section contains lists on the qualities of effective teaching and why these qualities matter. These lists can be copied and used during book studies, PLC meetings, or staff meetings to provoke thoughtful discussions and enhance teaching and learning.

Study guide:

A study guide is available to help you extend your learning independently or with colleagues. www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138783621

Companion website:

For more inspiring, informative books from Todd and Annette, check out our special site, www.routledge.com/cw/breaux, going live this summer.

Throughout the book, you’ll find practical examples and heartfelt advice to encourage you as you implement the seven secrets. As you improve your teaching, you profoundly influence the lives of those who matter most—your students!

Inside the race to save a great American high school, where making the numbers is only the beginning

Being principal was never her dream. Anabel Garza, the young widow of a young cop, got by teaching English to immigrant children, taking college classes at night and raising her son.

And Reagan High was no dream assignment. Once famous for its state football championships, educational achievements and award-winning design, the school was a shadow of its former self. “Identified for improvement,” said the federal government. “Academically unacceptable,” said the state. Promising students were fleeing. Test scores were plunging. The education commissioner set a deadline of one year, threatening to close the school for good.

But when Anabel took the job - cruising the mall for dropouts, tailoring lessons to the tests, firing a few lazy teachers and supporting the rest – she started something no one expected. As the numbers rose, she set out to re-create the high school she remembered, with plays and dances, yearbooks and clubs, crowded bleachers and teachers who brought books alive.

And soon she was not alone. There was Derrick Davis, a star player on the basketball team in the early 1990s, coaching the Raiders toward a chance at the playoffs. There was Candice Kaiser, a science teacher who had left hard partying behind for Christ, drilling her students on chemistry while she drove them to games, tutoring sessions, Bible studies and sometimes even doctors’ appointments. There were JaQuarius Daniels, Ashley Brown and 900 other kids trying to pass the exams, escape the streets and restore the pride of a neighborhood, all while still growing up.

Across the country, public schools face the threat of extinction in the numerically ordained churn of the accountability movement. Now, for the first time, we can tally the human cost of rankings and scores. In this powerful rejoinder to the prevailing winds of American education policy, Michael Brick takes us inside the high-pressure world of a school on the brink. Compelling, character-driven narrative journalism, Saving the School pays overdue tribute to the great American high school, and to the people inside.

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