The New Science Teacher's Handbook

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The New Science Teacher's Handbook


Stock, Adah, The Science Teacher


By Sarah Reeves Young and Mike Roberts. $31.95. 163 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBN: 9781936959495.

No matter how many years you teach, you never forget that first year. Each educator's experience is unique, but all teachers share some first-year experiences. These authors have captured some of those experiences and crafted a useful tool for new educators.

The 14 chapters in this volume cover topics such as classroom conditions, working with mentors, classroom management, and grading. Each chapter starts with a section called "The Story," which relates the authors' experiences, assuring the reader that even veteran teachers started off in less-than-perfect situations. "It's nice to know that someone else has had a similar struggle," the book states. Then comes "The Moral," or the takeaway from the story. Often coming next are "Steps for Success." Multiple strategies are presented, and, because a new teacher often can't recognize success, each chapter also offers a section titled "What Does Success Look Like?" This section reveals how common challenges can lead to positive results. Each chapter ends with a "Resources" section listing sources of additional help, such as standards documents, books, and articles, with each resource briefly reviewed. …

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