Organizing literacy classrooms for effective instruction: A survival guide
The Reading Teacher
Classroom teachers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They are passionate and committed individuals who truly want to make a difference in the lives of their students. Many novice teachers enter the field of teaching with wide-eyed optimism, only to have their idealism dashed upon the cold, wet rocky shoreline of classroom management and organizational realities. A good many novice teachers, especially the highly academically qualified, leave the profession within the first five years for a variety of reasons, but one is most certainly unresolved concerns and struggles in organizing and managing a classroom (Borman & Dowling, 2008; Morrow, Reutzel, & Casey, 2006).
Reutzel, D. R., & Clark, S. K. (2011). Organizing literacy classrooms for effective instruction: A survival guide. The Reading Teacher 65(2), pp. 93-105. (Among the top 10 accessed or downloaded articles from RT in 2011-2012).