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First Class Handbook

TEA's new teacher handbook, First Class: A Success Guide for Teachers Beginning Their Careers, is packed with best practices. TEA members have exclusive access to the valuable information available in this publication for members.

2016 First Class Handbook
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Table of Contents

Section One: Get Started

  • Being Prepared ..................................................................................................................3
  • Becoming a Member............................................................................................................4
  • Applying for Extra Cash......................................................................................................5
  • Organizing Your Professional Life.......................................................................................6
  • Starting the School Year ....................................................................................................7
  • Succeeding on the First Day...............................................................................................8
  • Staying Healthy ..................................................................................................................9
  • Surviving the First Year .....................................................................................................10

Section Two: Manage Your Classroom

  • Managing Your Time..........................................................................................................11
  • Managing Student Behavior .............................................................................................12
  • Responding to Behavior Problems ...................................................................................13
  • Establishing Rules, Rewards & Consequences.................................................................14
  • Accentuating the Positive..................................................................................................15
  • Writing Comments and Communicating Progress..............................................................16
  • Valuing Diversity in Your Classroom...................................................................................17

Section Three: Make Families Your Partners

  • Engaging Families.............................................................................................................18
  • Communicating With Families ...........................................................................................19
  • Holding Family Conferences..............................................................................................20
  • Involving Families of English-Language Learners..............................................................21

Section Four: Grow as a Professional

  • Working With Colleagues...................................................................................................22
  • Learning From Your Colleagues........................................................................................23
  • Working With a Mentor .....................................................................................................24
  • Preparing for a Substitute.................................................................................................25
  • Tapping Valuable Resources ............................................................................................26
  • Taking a Field Trip ............................................................................................................27
  • Working With Students With Special Needs .....................................................................28
  • Understanding the ABCs of Education and TEA...............................................................29
  • Being Smart About Technology.........................................................................................30

Section Five: Know Your Rights and Duties

  • Maintaining Your License to Teach .................................................................................31
  • Navigating Your Evaluation .............................................................................................32
  • Knowing the Basics of School Law..................................................................................33
  • Protecting Yourself..........................................................................................................35
  • Protecting Your Students.................................................................................................36
  • Maintaining Proper Conduct ...........................................................................................37
  • Following Test Security Guidelines..................................................................................38
  • Code of Ethics ................................................................................................................40