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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 23 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764524798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764524790
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

Navigate politics, paperwork, and legal issues

Find your instructional style and make learning fun for your students!

Gain the upper hand on your first day of school! This friendly guide reveals what they didn’t teach you in your education classes, offering practical advice and tons of real-life examples to help you set up and maintain an orderly classroom, engage your students, establish a grading system, and develop positive relationships with parents and school administrators.

The Dummies Way

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  • "Get in, get out" information
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  • Tear-out cheat sheet
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  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

W. Michael Kelley is a former calculus teacher who now works in the Department of Education at the University of Maryland. His Web site,, has won many awards.

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By A Customer on July 1 2004
Format: Paperback
After 30 years in the business world, I am embarking on a new adventure in the teaching profession. I will be teaching Math to 7th graders in a few months, and I found this book invaluable in preparing me to face the upcoming first day of school. Of course I am scared and a little nervous, but this book is so full of down-to earth practical advice that I feel so much more prepared after reading it than before. The experience of reading this book, has been like having an experienced master teacher right next to me, ready and willing to answer all of my many questons such as: "Do I need to collect and check every homework assignment?" (The answer is, NO), "How am I ever going to memorize over 150 student names?" (Michael Kelley shares a trick that works!), "How will I deal with repeat troublemakers?", (Mr. Kelly tells you when to drop 'The Atomic Bomb')!
I recommend this book to all new teachers! Don't face your first day of teaching, without it!
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I am a Teacher Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I begin my student teaching in January. This book has taught me more in the week since I bought it than two years in professional education classes.
This is the book that tells you about the "dirty" off-limits topics like dealing with sexual harrassment, behavior management, unions, and more. Kelley give advice and tips in a no-nonsense fashion that will help any rookie teacher survive his first day.
As a future urban high school teacher, this book will be one of my most important resources to help me survive my first year teaching. I have already highlighted and bookmarked countless pages and I'm sure I will read this cover to cover many times.
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I am not a rookie instructor and I do teach adults, but the author is quite funny and I often find myself saying "I completely agree" or "Yup, I've been there". Michael kelley is true when he explains that what he teaches us in the book is not taught in College or University.

When adults go back to school, some of them often become like teenagers in so many ways, therefore I can still relate to this book.

I recommended this book to a fellow instructor who has over 16 years of experience but her first time teaching!!

Great work MIchael Kelley, it is a pleasure to read and I often go back for references.
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Oh my freakin' God. This is the book I have been looking for for MONTHS! I'm student teaching very soon and I have been seeking a book to help me with all the practical things that are taboo in University education classrooms. This book will be my bible when I student teach. I have had it for a few weeks and its already bookmarked, highlighted, and showing signs of wear. I can't believe how helpful this book has been. I have recommended this to every Teacher Candidate I speak to. If you are now or will shortly be a rookie teacher.... BUY THIS BOOK!
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