Rethinking Schools has just published the newly revised and expanded third edition of The New Teacher Book: Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom.
The book grew out of Rethinking Schools workshops with early career teachers. It offers practical guidance on how to flourish in schools and classrooms and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds.
There is a huge difference between having lots of book knowledge about a given area — literature, history, math, science — and knowing how to translate that knowledge into lessons that help students learn. All teachers — new and veteran — need skills to develop curriculum that celebrates the delightful aspects of our students’ lives. And we need strategies that address the tragedy of some students’ lives and the tragedy that the world delivers — misogyny, racism, homophobia, poverty, war. We need to discover ways to weave these into our curriculum.
That kind of connection intention takes time and practice and The New Teacher Book from Rethinking Schools can help you get there.