Designed specifically for pre-service and first year teachers, this practical, hands-on guidebook provides non-theoretical advice on how to tackle teaching challenges and demands. Based on extensive actual research conducted at California State University, San Bernardino, this new and improved fourth edition offers an expanded and improved balance of theory and practice in preparation for student teaching or practicum. Material throughout the text is specifically geared to the interests of elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Based on research obtained from teachers working in urban, suburban, and rural communities, the text covers a large scope of material, making it applicable for student teachers in all regions as well as all grade levels. New to this Edition: Improved balance of theory and practice. New content on standards-based planning and instruction, assessment, and time and stress management. New material integrated into every chapter specifically geared to the interests of middle school and high school teachers. Added emphasis on individual differences, diversity, bilingual language issues, special education and multicultural populations better prepares student teachers for diversity in the classroom. Updated and expanded information on technology provides student teachers with basic guidelines for incorporating technology into the classroom. Updated references and further reading suggestions.Kronowitz, Ellen L. is the author of 'Your First Year of Teaching and Beyond', published 2003 under ISBN 9780205381562 and ISBN 0205381561.