This book is comprised of the most common questions teachers have asked themselves in their own minds, or perhaps even aloud while venting in a break-room somewhere. Along with each thought-provoking question are personal insights and resources meant to provide guidance and assistance when dealing with classroom stressors. Additionally, each section is connected with journal prompts meant to provide teachers with a place to reflect over their own thoughts and experiences, and hopefully take a step back to objectively look at their classroom and assess where they are in their development as educators, where they want to be, and what steps they can take to mend the gap.
Incites & Reflective Journal Entries Dealing with:
1. To decorate, or not to decorate? Does my classroom have to have a “theme”?
2. Where do I put everything?
3. To what extent should I investigate the students on my roster, before meeting them?
4. Why are these kids doing this to me?
5. Why won’t this student talk to me?
6. What values should I be promoting in my classroom, and what if they don’t coincide with the values of a student’s family?
7. What kind of relationship should I have with my students’ parents?
8. How do I handle parent-teacher conferences?
9. How do I establish positive relationships with colleagues when I’m overwhelmed with my own daily workload?
10. How important is planning with others? Can’t I just do my own thing?
11. Should I hang out in the teachers’ lounge, and who should I sit next to during staff meetings?
12. When could I possibly manage to grade all of this?
13. What if I’m not assigned to the content area or grade-level I most want to teach?
14. Technology is overwhelming. Where do I start? When is there time?
15. Why are these kids so “entitled”? How do I address entitlement within my classroom?
16. Am I ready to host a student-teacher, or volunteer to take on interns and student tutors?
17. What is a growth mindset, and do I have one?
18. What should I expect from my assigned mentor or buddy teacher?
19. How should I view my classroom observations and yearly evaluations?
20. It’s summer, now what?