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Sue Cowley
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16 Jan 2009 184706471X 978-1847064714 2nd Revised edition
The new edition of this successful book offers practical advice for trainee teachers, NQTs and others new to the profession. It is designed to help them survive and enjoy the diffifcult first year as a teacher. Written in Sue Cowley's honest and down-to-earth style, the book uses real situations and experiences to tell it like it is.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum; 2nd Revised edition edition (16 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184706471X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847064714
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sue Cowley is an experienced teacher and subject co-ordinator, whose specialisms are in English and Drama. After qualifying as a primary school teacher, she taught in a number of different secondary schools in London and Bristol. She has also worked overseas at an international school in Portugal.

Sue is the best selling author of eighteen teaching and parenting books, including "Getting the Buggers to Behave", which has sold over 120,000 copies and has been translated around the world. Sue has written articles and columns for a number of teaching publications, including the TES, Child Education, Junior Education and Teacher Magazine.

Sue is a internationally renowned teacher trainer, who provides INSET for schools and other educational establishments around the UK and in Europe. She has given presentations for high profile organisations, including the NUT, the GTC, Fast Track, Cambridge and Bedfordshire Universities, and to a number of deputy and head teacher conferences. Sue appears on Teachers' TV, helping teachers develop their behaviour management skills. As well as working with school teachers, Sue has also trained a range of other educational staff, including teaching assistants, librarians and college lecturers.

Sue's primary aim through her work is to give practical, realistic and honest advice. Her books offer a combination of tips, ideas and strategies, written in an easily accessible and amusing way. Through the training courses that she runs, Sue puts across her ideas about teaching in a fun and engaging format. She still works with school children on a voluntary basis, so that she can keep up to date with 'life at the chalk face'. She is also Chair of the Committee at her local voluntary run preschool.

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'The author offers concise observations on many concerns of new teachers.'--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Sue Cowley is the author of a number of best-selling education and parenting books. She has been a contributor to many teaching publications, including the TES and Junior Education. She has taught students at both primary and secondary level, in the UK and overseas. She now works as an educational writer, trainer and presenter.

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133 of 135 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lending Confidence to New Teachers 18 July 2003
I have yet to read a teaching book that so thoroughly fills me with the sense that 'yes I can do this'.
This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I have it for the start of my first teaching year. Staring Teaching is good, solid manual for that first year and a sedative for those first year jitters. There are sections on every aspect of teaching, from behaviour to paperwork to stress. The behaviour section in particular offers good solid advice (perfect the teacher stare).
Sue writes clearly and effectively, from many years experience. The more I read this book the more I feel confident about teaching and feel ready for that first day.
A great start to teaching, even though it is particularly slanted towards secondary.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book A* 1 April 2006
As a Head of Department in a secondary school I love this book and recommend it to every student I have in school. I still use it myself as it tells you how to do things short and simple. For the experienced practitioner it is a good reminder on how we should be doing things. It has survival tactics for each term of the year, planning, behaviour management, teaching and learning, pastoral care, climbing the paper mountain, marking, exams, reports, networking and who to avoid in the staff room, how to deal with parents, meetings, extra curricular activities, getting through induction and CPD. There is an excellent chapter at the end on moving on to another school and how to make job applications. I cannot say enough how much I personally love this book.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survival of the fittest..... 24 Feb 2007
What can I say?....

I got this book because I wanted a quick and easy reference guide that would help me basically survive my NQT Year. I bought quite a few books as I hadn't had any recommended to me from my course. Well, I can tell you this book was by far the best - so good in fact that I took all the other books back. I found that this book was a really easy, enjoyable book to read.

I felt completely bombarded by all the information that us NQTs had to take on board but this book really put everything into context, in order of importance and really is to the point with some really great hints and tips, from the layout of your classroom, to how to make good impressions on your first day, to marking and how to deal with parents...really is a mini teaching encyclopedia.

I found this book so helpful that I bought her other books 'Getting the Buggers to Behave' and 'The Teaching Clinic'. Sue Cowley really is a great help to any teacher in the classroom whether that be Primary Ed or Secondary Ed. If you buy any books as a teacher I would buy her's. The thing that makes her books SO invaluable is that she is teacher herself so is drawing from life experience, she's not talking as a person who has never set foot in a classroom, which is refreshing!

It is not a book that you read once, you can read it over and over or just dip in and out, either way I feel that she is an asset to the educational profession and her writing shows this very well.

Trust me you won't be disappointed!!! :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is genius! 19 July 2009
I was fortunate enough to have been given this book free but wanted to review it since it is simply brilliant! If I had of bought it there is no way i would be disappointed. I found it very informative, full of good ideas and very supportive to be beginning my first teaching job in September! It covers everything you need and things you would never even think of! I actually felt relieved when I had read it as it i feel has prepared me for september (although we will actually see in september!) Buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill 27 Sep 2009
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Just what I was looking for, a great help to clear things up on the NQT year
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars High expectations 15 Aug 2010
By roey
I had high expectations of this book after reading many reviews. However, following reading the book I found I was disappointed. As a new primary school teacher I found that most of the advice is second nature to me anyway after going through a 3 year degree to qualify (as most people will have who will be reading the book). I found myself on numerous occasions thinking, 'well of course i would do that anyway'. I believe this book would perhaps be more useful to a secondary teacher who has to teach many classes of children rather than just one, there is a lot of examples for secondary teaching which made the book a bit general for a primary school teacher. I found other books by this author much more interesting e.g. 'Getting the buggers to behave'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars how to survive your first year in teaching 24 Feb 2014
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This book is very useful for a first year teacher. I keep dipping into it for useful nuggets to supplement all the information I learned on the job. Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teachers 22 Feb 2014
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It gives you a good idea about what teaching means. And the exactly steps you have to do it in your first year of teaching
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2.0 out of 5 stars Some handy tips
Never had time to read half of it in the end as an NQT and neither has my other half who is just starting his NQT year. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Royd
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a teacher training friend and she loved it
I bought this book for my friend who is currently undertaking teacher training. I had a little read of it myself before I gave it her, and although I won't find it useful myself, I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by jodie hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful hints for the NQT
Let's face it, anyone who has completed teacher training in whatever form has found it a complete emotional rollercoaster. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. TB Reeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good buy!
I have bought a few books along this topic lately, anything by Sue Cowley is fabulous, but saying that you probably only need one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. ORR
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have only just started reading this, but found it so easy to understand and relate to, knowing that I wasn't the first or will be the last NQT to have these sorts of worries. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - very fast delivery and in excellent condition
As i'm about to start my first year of teaching in September, this book has been very helpful in easing my worries. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
very very funny useful book. you will find it handy for those pesky days when you just cant get to them those awkward litlle sods
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Anthony J. Hume
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Really helpful book. I'm beginning my NQT year in september and this book has helped put me at ease about the task ahead! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Bmorris
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
really enjoyed reading this in my first year of teaching, some great bits of advice and does put things nicely in perspective when your first starting out; and makes the whole... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard Thompson
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing a good PGCE/GTP doesn't teach you
Am expecting that this review will attract criticism, as it is clear that other reviewers have clearly come to love this book. Read more
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