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Beginning Teachers

Resources to support teachers in their first years of teaching

New Teachers

The Beginning Teacher's Field Guide

The joys and pains of starting a teaching career often go undiscussed. This field guide dives deep into the personal side of teaching, offering crucial advice, empathy, and new-teacher support. The author details six phases every new or first-year teacher goes through (anticipation, survival, disillusionment, rejuvenation, reflection, and second anticipation) and outlines targeted classroom strategies, teaching tips, and self-care practices for each.

Becoming a Metacognitive Teacher

This clearly written, research-based guide shows how to successfully navigate coursework, build relationships with mentors, and negotiate fieldwork and student teaching while developing metacognitive thinking skills. These are skills that allow teachers to continuously reflect on instructional practices and adapt them to fit their own teaching context and their students' diverse needs.

The How & Wow of Teaching

This book examines a wide variety of daily tasks, from delivering engaging lessons to nurturing life skills. Throughout the book, simple steps for instruction are explained, along with suggestions for fun-filled activities and games. Practical and hands-on, the book offers tricks, techniques and original ideas for excellent classroom instruction in all subject areas.

Even on Your Worst Day, You Can Be a Student's Best Hope

What can an individual teacher do to help traumatized children believe in themselves, succeed in school, and graduate prepared for work and life? Here, you'll find answers. Scott presents an approach informed by the teachers who helped him and honed through years of connecting with kids who desperately need someone to show them a path to a more positive future.

How to Get These Books

If you would like to borrow any of these titles:

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How it works:

  • Loans are for 4 weeks
  • Shipping is prepaid both ways!
  • To return items, 
    • Put the enclosed sticker on the outside of the box/envelope and drop it into a Canada Post box

Classroom Management

Better Than Carrots or Sticks

One of the most popular books in your ATA Library! In Better Than Carrots or Sticks, Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher, and Nancy Frey provide a practical blueprint for creating a cooperative and respectful classroom climate in which students and teachers work through behavioral issues together.

Hacking Classroom Management

Learn the 10 ideas you can use today to create the classroom any great movie teacher would love. Mike Roberts shows you how to create an amazing learning environment that actually makes discipline, rules, and consequences obsolete, no matter if you're a new teacher or a 30-year veteran.

Real Talk about Classroom Management

This book delivers vital information every teacher needs to effectively manage the classroom, and prepare students with the social skills and communication tools.

Classroom Management in the Digital Age

It is a frontier where technology equipped teachers learn alongside students and utilize current tools to maximize collaboration, creativity, and communication in relevant ways. Classroom Management in the Digital Age guides and supports established and transitioning device-rich classrooms, providing practical strategy to novice and expert educators K-12.

These Kids Are Out of Control

This is a book on what classroom learning could be if we aspire to co-create more culturally responsive and equitable environments--environments that are safe, affirming, learner-centered, intellectually challenging, and engaging. "These Kids Are Out of Control" details the specific practices, tools, beliefs, dispositions, and mindsets that are essential to better serving the complex needs of our diverse learners, especially our marginalized students.

Remote Teaching

Teaching Effectively with Zoom

IThis book takes a step back, and focuses on helping educators teach effective live online sessions with Zoom. Dan Levy offers practical pedagogical advice for educators on questions such as:Why and how to use breakout rooms Should you use chat, and if so, how? How do you build community in a virtual classroom?

Sail the 7 Cs with Microsoft Education

Becky Keene and Kathi Kersznowski bring the world into your classroom through Microsoft Education. Learn how this suite of accessible, innovative digital tools is revolutionizing education around the globe and offering students the chance to become true changemakers.

Stepping up to Google Classroom

An up-to-date guide for educators who want to get started with Google Classroom now. By guiding readers through fifty straightforward and accessible steps and offering a host of tips for customization, this book ensures that teachers with all levels of tech comfortability can make the most of Google Classroom's powerful tools. It's designed to help you go beyond a merely paperless approach to education and instead use technology to improve student engagement and learning.

Google Apps for Littles

In Google Apps for Littles, Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler encourage teachers to tap into their young students' curiosity, particularly when it comes to technology. The authors share a wealth of innovative ways to integrate digital tools in the primary classroom to make learning engaging and relevant for even the youngest of today's twenty-first-century learners.

Control Alt Achieve

Eric Curts offers you the keys to revolutionizing classroom learning with the Google tools you already use. Dazzle your students by transforming Google Docs into blackout poetry, fire up creative possibilities by using Google Slides for comic strips, and make math more accessible and fun by turning to Google Drawings as an unlikely ally. With Eric as your guide to the technological horizons of Google tools, the possibilities are endless

Online Teaching in K-12

Online Teaching in K-12 is the hands-on reference for education professionals. This book brings together more than two dozen experts to present innovative programs and practices, useful tools and resources, and need-to-know information on diverse aspects of online teaching and learning.

Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies

This book explores the integration of active and experiential learning approaches and activities including gamification, social media integration, and project- and scenario-based learning, as they relate to the development of authentic skill-building, communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills in learners. Readers will find guidelines for the development of participatory peer-learning, cooperative education, and service learning opportunities in the online classroom. In addition, the authors provide effective learning strategies, resources, and tools that align learner engagement with course outcomes.

Teaching Children Online

Meskill and Anthony offer a wealth of examples of what successful online teaching looks like, and provide a rich source of practical, conversation-based strategies for optimizing online learning. This book will inspire anyone teaching or planning to teach fully online, or in a blended or hybrid format, by demonstrating how well constructed online conversations constitute powerful teaching.

Teacher Wellness

The Burnout Cure

How can you energize yourself to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching? What specific, immediate actions can you take to enhance your well-being and thrive both on and off the job? Chase Mielke draws from his own research, lesson plans, and experiences with burnout to help you change your outlook, strengthen your determination to be a terrific teacher, and reignite your core passion for teaching.

The Fire Within

The Fire Within is a compilation of stories from amazing educators who have faced personal adversity head on and have become stronger people for it. They use their new-found strength to support the students and teachers they work with. They are sharing their stories with a hope that others in the same situations might not feel alone.

The Elephant in the Staffroom

The Elephant in the Staffroom is the survival guide that every busy teacher needs for practical advice on teacher wellbeing. Written in an informal, conversational style, the book is divided into 40 bite-size chunks, covering a range of essential topics from understanding and avoiding burnout, to successful working patterns, and even surviving the school holidays!

75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow

Highly effective teachers have something in common: They do simple things extraordinarily well--simple, uncomplicated things on a daily basis. In this new book, you'll learn the secrets of these tried-and-true techniques that will help to improve your teaching, your students' learning, and your students' behavior.

Motivating Students

Hacking Questions

Hacking Questions digs into framing, delivering, and maximizing questions in the classroom to keep students engaged in learning. Hamilton shows teachers of all subjects and grades how to hear the music, listen for correct answers, and more.

Loving What They Learn

Alexander McNeece explains how high engagement nurtures the needs--for competence, autonomy, and content relevance--that students have. It also provides tools to measure how well those needs are being met in the classroom, and reveals science-based strategies that fill the gap.

Total Participation Techniques

Here are 51 easy-to-use, classroom-tested alternatives to the "stand and deliver" teaching techniques that cause so many students to tune out or drop out. The authors provide detailed descriptions of the Total Participation Techniques (TPTs) with step-by-step instructions--plus reproducible blackline masters for student response cards as well as posters to remind you to use the techniques.

Motivating Defiant and Disruptive Students to Learn

This accessible, step-by-step guide will be an indispensible resource for new and veteran teachers, offering easy-to-implement methods for classroom management and student engagement tailored to individual student needs. Another very popular book in your ATA Library!

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