The Successful Teacher's Survival Kit: 83 Simple Things That Successful Teachers Do To Thrive in the Classroom

The Successful Teacher's Survival Kit: 83 Simple Things That Successful Teachers Do To Thrive in the Classroom

by Dale Ripley


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If you have ever had the opportunity to observe a master craftsperson at work, one of the first things you will notice is how easy they make their work look. This principle applies to artists, athletes, plumbers and painters. It also applies to teachers.

If you were fortunate enough to have some master teachers in your K to 12 schooling or for your university student teaching, you will have seen this principle at work. You will recall how easy they made teaching look. For the most part, their classes just flowed. The teacher would ask the students to do something, and the students did it. The teacher would cue the kids to transition into a new activity, and the kids transitioned. There was little conflict, few arguments, and the vast majority of classroom time was spent engaged in learning.

It is a pleasure to observe these kinds of behaviors in the classrooms of master teachers, but this leaves us with an important question: how do they do it? Just how did these teachers get their students to be so cooperative and have their classroom running so smoothly?

That is what THE SUCCESSFUL TEACHER’S SURVIVAL KIT: 83 simple things that successful teachers do to thrive in the classroom will show you – the kinds of things that master teachers do to make their classes work – both for themselves and for their students. You too can become a master teacher. This book will show you how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475847062
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/14/2018
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Dale Ripley has over 35 years of teaching experience working with students in elementary, junior high-middle school and high school, in schools in the inner city, the suburbs and on a First Nations reserve. While Dr. Ripley has been the principal of several schools and served two school districts as their superintendent, the classroom was – and still is – his favorite place to be.

Table of Contents

Preface: Fish Discover Water Last
Introduction: Establishing Legitimacy
How to Get the Most from this Book
Section One: What You Need To Know and Do before School Even Starts
Introduction: The Importance of the Teacher and the Power of Positive Thinking
1.The Question You MUST Answer First!
2.Do Your Christmas Shopping in the Summer!
3.The Stomach and the Brain – Have Food Available for Your Kids
4.Vomit, Coffee & Ketchup – Have a Change of Clothing Available for Yourself
5.Mints and Toothpaste – Essential Tools for Effective Teaching
6.The Best Teacher Prep Tool Ever Made – Large Capacity Flash Drives
7.Who’s the Boss? Probably the Principal
8.Without This – Nothing Else Really Matters: Lessons from a Student to a Teacher
9.Establish a Seating Plan That Allows Maximum Proximity to Your Students
10.Tick. Tick. Tick.
11.The Problem of Pens, Pencils, Paper . . .
12.How Sponge Activities Can Prevent All Kinds of Discipline Issues
13.Facebook, Twitter and Twits
14.The Only Three Ways to Teach a Child
15.No Matter Where You Go – There You Are
16.Is Teaching Really Your Gift?
17.Half Step, Full Step, Step and a Half: How Many Steps Will Your Kids Be Taking With You This Year?
Section Two: What You Need To Do With Your Students on The First Day And During The First Week Of School
18.You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression
19.Pizza and Movies: The Best Investments You May Ever Make
20.Why Procedures and Routines – The Way We Do Things in Our Classroom – Are Critical to Successful Teaching
21.Start Teaching the Curriculum on Day One
22.To Know Them Is To Love Them . . . Well, Most of the Time
23.Why Should the Kids Listen to You? The Importance of Establishing Legitimacy.
24.Fired Up? Ready to Go?
25.Let Horton the Elephant Be Your Role Model
26.Even Monkeys Know When Something is Unfair
27.When You Are Vastly Outnumbered, Fighting is Unwise
28.The Importance of Face
29.Never Look Back When Asking a Student to Follow You Out of the Classroom
30.Don’t Just Stand There – DO SOMETHING!
31.Knowledge Has Value
32.Did I Do That? Helping Students Keep Track of Their Achievements
33.Always Have a Plan B.
34.What Did You Learn in School Today?
Section Three: What You Need To Do During The First Month
35.Eyes Open; Ears Open; Mouth Closed
36.The Best Teachers You Will Ever Have
37.Secretaries, Custodians and Teacher Aides
38.Who Knew? Ten Minutes is a Huge Chunk of Time
39.Maybe Not 50 Shades of Gray – But 49 For Sure
40.What’s the Difference Between a Classroom and a Petri Dish?
41.Want to Avoid Classroom Chaos? Bait the Hook to Suit the Fish!
42.How to Train a Tiger – The Art of Negotiating with Your Students
43.Practice Saying, “I’m sorry” and really mean it
44.Getting the Elephant to Go Where You Want It to Go
45.You Don’t Want to Send Kids to the Principal’s Office – At Least, Not Often
46.When You Bring a Problem to Your Principal, Always Bring a Solution
47.When Your Students Tell You Stories about Their Families
48.How to Get Parents/Caregivers to Look Forward to Your Phone Calls
49.Parent’s/Caregiver’s and Emails – Managing Expectations
50.Don’t Confuse Activity with Achievement
51.What Do You Mean You Only Taught That Once? The 9 Laws of Learning
52.In Pursuit of Peppermints and PEZ™
53.So You Reached the End of September – Time to Take a Good Look Around You
Section Four: What You Need To Do During the Rest of the Year
54.Great Teachers are Great Storytellers with Great Stories to Tell
55.Remember the Starfish Story – You Cannot Save Them All
56.You Must Learn to Adjust
57.Not My Circus – Not My Monkeys
58.Remember. . . There Is Always Enough Time To Do the Most Important Things
59.Learn to Make Staff Meetings Productive
60.Learn to Say “NO” Nicely
61.Make the 80 - 20 Rule Work for You
62.Become First a Good Animal
63.Who Do You Need to Forgive the Most?
64.If Your Name is Johnny, You Must be Bad
65.I Am Not My Older Brother . . .
66.Remember This About Your Students – They’re Not Done Yet
67.You Can’t Free a Fish from Water - Your Students Live at Home
68.They Already Have Friends
69.Do You Want to Hear a Joke?
70.How to Use Music to Sooth a Savage Beast
71.When You’re Sick, Tired, Cranky, or Having a Bad Day
72.You Are Rarely the Target – Even When They’re Aiming at You
73.Every Artist Was First an Amateur
74.You Are Never Done
75.When You Stop Learning, You Are Done
76.You Don’t Bring in an Elephant to Teach the Color Gray
77.How Do You Eat an Elephant?
78.Why We Don’t Try to Teach a Pig to Fly
79.The IKEA Effect – The Pride We Feel in Work We Do Ourselves
80.If You Are Working Harder Than Your Students in Class, You’re doing It Wrong!
81.The Virtue of Frustration
82.Let This Year’s Students Help Make Your Courses Better for Next Year
83.So You Reached the End of June – Time to Look Back
Section Five: What You Need To Do During the Second and Third Years of Teaching, and Going Forward From There
Twenty-Eight Essential Truths About Teaching
Lastly: The Secret to Success in Teaching
Three Recommendations for Further Reading
About the Author

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