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Recipe for Great Teaching
11 Essential Ingredients

Foreword by Andrea Maxie



October 2006 | 136 pages | Corwin

"Encourages creativity in the classroom not just to make the learning fun and interesting, but because real-life skills are what the students will need the most in order to become productive and successful adults."
—John Pieper, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Webster Stanley Elementary School, Oshkosh, WI

"Does for teachers what it suggests that teachers do for their students—give them the foundation and empower them to find and set their own course."
—Patricia Clark, First-Grade Teacher
Gotham Avenue School, Elmont, NY

Cook up a metaphoric classroom feast that will nourish your students for years to come!

In this well-seasoned book, charismatic educator Anita Moultrie Turner shows new teachers, veteran teachers, and staff developers how to blend 11 essential ingredients into effective and productive classrooms where all students can succeed. Easy to read and hard to put down, this Recipe for Great Teaching features:

  • Classroom stories, quotations, and tasty servings of educational wit and wisdom
  • Strategies for building effective learning environments
  • Techniques for successful curriculum planning
  • Methods for engaging all students in learning
  • Ways of working with colleagues and the community

This inspiring resource offers enticing and delicious ways to spice up your teaching and your students' learning.


 
Foreword by Andrea Maxie
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Passion and Compassion: The Power of a Great Teacher
Love Yourself: Leaving a Powerful Impact on Young Minds  
You Are a Role Model  
Love Your Students: Engaging the Potential in Each Student  
Love the Profession of Teaching  
The Power of One: Encouraging Academic Excellence  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
2. Communication: An Essential Ingredient
The Educator: 25 NOT 5  
No Favoritism: No Teacher’s Pet  
Nonverbal Messages  
Call Home: Open Communication with Parents  
Refrain From Making Any Value Judgments!  
Parent Conferences  
True Story #1  
Lunchroom Conversations  
The Students: Factors Influencing Effective Oral Communication  
Standard English Acquisition  
True Story #2  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
3. Praise and Self-Esteem: A Spoon Full of Honey
Reinforcing the Positive Attributes of Students  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
 
4. Respect and Self-Respect: Marinating Positive Relationships
Maintaining Respectful Behavior in the Classroom  
Teachers Can Model Respect and Self-Respect  
True Story #1  
True Story #2  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like…  
 
5. Classroom Environment: An Equitable Dining Room
Create a Warm and Trusting Community of Learners  
Your Classroom Belongs to Everyone  
Your Classroom is a Multi-Sensory Environment  
Seating Arrangements and Student Roles Influence the Environment  
Respect is the Dish of the Day….Everyday  
It’s a Shame to Waste…Anything!  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like These Ingredients, You’ll Also Like...  
 
6. Classroom Management: A Great Teacher Is the Master Chef
Set Clear Guidelines, Rules, and Procedures  
Ingredients to Running an Effective Classroom  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
7. Discipline: Making Sure the Cake Rises
Who is in Control of Your Classroom?  
Be Fair and Consistent  
Key Points to Remember  
Leadership Opportunities Diminishes Disciplinary Challenges  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like These Ingredients, You’ll Also Like…  
 
8. Organizing Notebooks: Celebrating Successful Recipes
Purchasing Notebook Materials  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
9. Real-Life Skills: Catering for Life Beyond the Classroom
Integrating Real Life Skills Across the Curriculum  
Parent Involvement  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
10. The Whole Dinner: Collaboration and Equity
Promoting Staff Involvement  
Promoting Parental Involvement  
Promoting Student Involvement  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
11. Welcome to the Table
Fixings for a Great Teacher  
True Story  
Extra Seasoning  
Savory Morsel  
Reflection Menu  
If You Like This Ingredient, You’ll Also Like. . .  
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

"I particularly liked all the examples and 'bags of tricks,' such as what to include on a bulletin board and how to set up a student notebook. Very valuable to new teachers."

Kathleen Prisbell, English Teacher/Curriculum Council Chair
Russell O. Brackman Middle School, Barnegat, NJ

"Uses tried-and-true methods that work. A wonderful addition are the Extra Seasoning, Savory Morsel, and Reflection sections, which make the reader summarize and ponder each chapter. Contains helpful and practical information any teacher or parent can use."

Tammy Shifflett, Science Teacher
C.A. Roberts Elementary School, Dallas, GA

"Encourages creativity in the classroom, not just to make the learning fun and interesting, but because real-life skills are what students need the most in order to become productive and successful adults."

John Pieper, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Webster Stanley Elementary School, Oshkosh, WI

"This book does for teachers what it suggests that teachers do for their students—give them the foundation and empower them to find and set their own course."

Patricia Clark, First-Grade Teacher
Gotham Avenue School, Elmont, NY

"An enjoyable read that will touch anyone who is in the field of education."

Randy Cook, Science Teacher
Tri County High School, Howard City, MI

"A guide for new teachers and education majors, as well as a reference for veterans to fall back on when they hit that teaching wall and need a change of perspective and approach."

Scott Braxton, Director of High School Services
Los Angeles Unified School District 7

"An easy-to-comprehend, go-to guide filled with valuable advice especially for grade school and high school teachers. Filled cover to cover with techniques for successful curriculum planning, strategies for creating environments that promote learning, witty classroom stories and quotations, valuable advice for being fair and consistent, and much more, all served up with a dash of humor for spice. Highly recommended."

Library Bookwatch, March 2007
Key features
  • Author is an experienced and charismatic teacher, trainer, staff developer, and school principal
  • Book is short, sweet, and browsable in small "bites"
  • Appropriate for student teachers, beginning teachers, emergency credential teachers, and veteran teachers looking for a "refresher"
  • Each chapter features classroom stories, quotations, educational wit and wisdom, reflective questions, and cross references to other topics within the volume.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword

Chapter 1


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