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If you have had a nightmare in which you are standing in front of a room filled with students, their expectant eyes staring at you, and you suddenly are filled with terror, this book is for you. You may realize that you have chosen a stress-filled career in which there is a high turnover rate. Before you have a panic attack, reach for this book. How to Be Successful in Your First Year of Teaching will prepare you for all the things you did not learn in school and will serve as an indispensable companion. In this new, extensively researched book, first-year teachers will learn how to deal with supplies, planning, parents, overcrowded classrooms, the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, piles of paperwork, money shortages due to budget cuts, negativity from students and other staff members, at-risk students, students who are capable but choose not to work, and special needs students. You will learn how to ask principals and administrators for help, how to memorize names quickly, how to create seating charts, how to write lesson plans, how to follow a daily routine, how to help struggling readers, how to gain respect, how to get a mentor, how to develop and implement a grading system, how to discipline students, how to create assessments, how to find free things for teachers, and how to build your confidence. Perhaps most important of all, you will learn how to deal with the realities of life, such as harassment, abuse, and racism, that your students will inevitably be forced to face. In addition, you will read about where to go for support, the reality of spending your own money on classroom supplies, mandated tests, technology solutions, and behavior management skills. We spent countless hours interviewing second year teachers, as well as veteran teachers, and have provided you with their proven techniques and strategies for surviving your first year as a teacher. With the help of this book, you will not only survive, but you will enthusiastically look forward to your sophomore year when you can confidently stand at the front of the room and make a difference in a young person's life.