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Owning It

Proven Strategies to Ace and Embrace Teaching

By: Alex Kajitani

Foreword by: Harry Wong

With its conversational style, Owning It prepares teachers both new and experienced to take command of their many roles in their classrooms, schools, and communities. Learn to embrace the struggles teachers face daily and implement effective teaching strategies to ensure all students succeed and close the achievement gap for youth at risk.

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Empowering teachers to own their careers, teach effectively, and develop strong relationships

Change is coming at us from all angles: technological, cultural, social, and environmental. This presents a great challenge—and a great opportunity—in schools and in the teaching profession. With Owning It, you’ll discover an array of easy-to-implement strategies designed to help you excel in the myriad of modern-day responsibilities of teachers and educators: classroom leader, mentor, colleague, team member, and public professional.

This book will empower teachers to own their careers, teach effectively, and develop strong relationships:

  • Acquire straightforward strategies for dealing with everyday situations found in classrooms, schools, and communities.
  • Understand the multifaceted role of a teacher in today's schools and how to balance the numerous responsibilities—from classroom management to relationships with colleagues.
  • Feel inspired and motivated to bring out the best in yourself as well as in your students.
  • Observe creative approaches to improve teaching strategies and student engagement.
  • Answer reflection questions to connect with and relate to the strategies covered in the book.

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Additional Information

Product Code: BKF835, EKF428

ISBN: 9781947604117

Published By: Solution Tree

Page Count: 232

Owning It offers the kind of real answers that real teachers seek, for all the roles they play—from working with students in the classroom, to interacting with colleagues in staff meetings, to representing this crucial profession in the community.”

Harry K. Wong, award-winning teacher and author, The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher

“Alex Kajitani’s research-based and insightful book provides practical solutions and inspiration for all teachers, no matter what, who, or where they teach.”

Heidi Albin, alternative high school science teacher, character education coordinator, and 2017 Milken Educator Award recipient, Kansas

“Reading Alex Kajitani’s work is as real as it gets, like having an intimate conversation with a friend in your living room. Owning It is an essential resource for both novice and veteran teachers alike. It tackles all the challenges that classroom leaders face, and it is a welcoming, practical resource you'll return to again and again.”

Tina H. Boogren, author of The Beginning Teacher's Field Guide: Embarking on Your First Years

“Every new teaching credential ought to come with a copy of Owning It, Alex Kajitani’s masterful tome of strategies and classroom solutions for teachers. He knows many of us need help to fill in those blanks that pop up in our daily work and this book gives us that help in the form of practical guidance we need to not only save our sanity, but to thrive in this complex, wonderful world of teaching.”

Rebecca Mieliwocki, middle school English teacher, 2012 National Teacher of the Year, California

“Alex Kajitani has taken some of the big, complex issues that every teacher faces and distilled them into strategies any teacher can immediately implement. This is a book that should be on every educator’s shelf.”

Neal Cronkite, middle school STEM teacher, 2017 Milken Educator Award winner, Michigan

“I’ve seen Alex Kajitani’s inspiring and motivating presentations work wonders with my own faculty and staff, and with Owning It, he offers a must-read for every teacher and administrator. This book will ignite your passion to own why you teach!”

Sheldon Oshio, principal, Waikele Elementary School, Hawaii

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