What could be more exciting than coming to the end of one's studies and being assigned the first classroom? We have visions of polite students, an environment of order and harmony, camaraderie and cooperation. And then...reality. Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg's RECESS IS OVER No-nonsense Strategies and Tips for Student Teachers and New Teachers serves as much a guide for beginning teachers as a reality check for what awaits us. Combining a personal memoir, learn-by-example, and a don't-say-I-didn't-warn-you format, Meinberg's anecdotes-funny, stirring, and sometimes shocking-clearly convey each lesson to be learned. Whether she writes about how to dress for school (cut-offs and flip-flops are forbidden) or addressing the principal, acceptable behavior in faculty meetings and meeting the parents, and such serious issues as child safety and reporting suspected abuse, she holds nothing back. In this book are the keys to facing the challenges of teaching and making it a joyful experience.