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How to Survive Your First Year in Teaching [Kindle Edition]

Sue Cowley
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So you’ve finished your teacher training and found yourself a job . . . the hard bit is over right? But, hold on, how do you actually survive your FIRST YEAR in teaching?!

The NQT year is notoriously difficult and hard work. Challenges include meeting your new colleagues and making the right first impression, preparing and planning your lessons, managing the mountain of marking and most
scary of all . . . being in charge of a whole class by yourself for the first time!

But don’t panic - help is at hand from expert teacher and education writer Sue Cowley. In this new edition of her bestselling book, she supports new teachers through the stresses and strains, and the highs and lows of their
first year in teaching.

She’s there to guide you right from the start of day one, lesson one, with the acknowledgement that “your stomach feels like lead and your mouth feels as dry as the Sahara desert”. She’s there through each term advising on time-saving lesson plans, easy to implement behavior management tips and how to help children who have special educational needs. She’s there right until the end of the year when she ensures that you feel triumphantly on top of report writing and your first parents’ evening. All of her methods are tried-and-tested and real life case studies exemplify how (and how not) to put them in to practice.

This new edition has been fully updated with new diagrams and checklists to boost your organisational and time management skills. It also includes refreshed and up-to-date case studies and extra examples for primary school teachers.

Written in Sue Cowley’s honest, accessible and down to earth style, How to Survive your First Year in Teaching is a must have for all new teachers embarking on their NQT year.

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Sue Cowley takes the newly appointed teacher step by step through the first year, starting with things that nobody tells you
- TES New Teachers supplement

The book works as one which you read from cover to cover or as one you can dip into as required...I particularly appreciated and enjoyed the section on ten tried-and-tested teaching tips...I would recommend this book highly.
- Dr Liane Purnell, Newman University

straightforward, solid advice that's easy to absorb and can be put into practice from Day One...
- Teach Secondary

Super synopsis around planning, some clear, honest tips about staffing...overall a useful book to allow NQTs to develop their identity from a trainee to an NQT and into a qualified teacher.
- Programme Director BA Ed Primary, University of Reading

Very practical and well-written in an engaging style. Sue Cowley has a good track record on popular education texts and this is sure to be another winner. --- Primary PGCE programme director, Durham University

'The book works as one which you read from cover to cover or as one you can dip into as required...I particularly appreciated and enjoyed the section on ten tried-and-tested teaching tips...I would recommend this book highly.' --Dr Liane Purnell, Newman University

About the Author

Sue Cowley is the author of numerous bestselling education books including Getting the Buggers to Behave. She has experience of teaching at nursery, primary and secondary level, in the UK and overseas. She now works as an educational writer, trainer and presenter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1400 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Education; 3 edition (23 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DJ5L6A6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,924 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Sue's website is:

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any new or training teacher 20 Aug. 2013
This book covers all the bases and is a must read for any new or training teachers. It's user friendly approach makes it an enjoyable read.

It covers classroom practice, management and also dealing with colleagues. There are tips how to deal with behaviour issues and also how to manage your time.

A great read that covers situations we are all familiar with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, definitely recommend. 26 May 2014
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Very good book, only didn't give it 5 stars because there was a lot about secondary school, and with teaching Reception in September it wasn't applicable to me. Not the books fault though! Very practical and useful ideas and made me feel excited yet prepared.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 Mar. 2015
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Good condition as stated on the description, I was happy.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for NQTs 8 Sept. 2013
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Just a nice book for all NQTs, full of ideas and clear explanations about your year as an NQT. The style used contributes to dedramatise worries you might have.
Examples given are concrete, illustrated and suitable for any subject and any level of teaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Dec. 2014
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Ideal gift
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